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This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Michael W. Fordyce, 12/14/44 - 01/24/11, whose pioneering work created the happiness movement we enjoy today.  Heaven and Earth are happier places because of you.  Thanks, and stay happy forever and ever.

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HAPPINESS BY KNOWING FREE WILL IS AN ILLUSION!

I explained how overcoming belief in free will can boost happiness on episode 7 Happiness and the Determinism vs. Free Will Question, 4-20-03, and 92 A Conversation about Happiness, Free Will and Determinism, 2-28-05

John Searle, the13th ranked post-1900 philosopher, says that our world overcoming the free will illusion "would be a bigger revolution in our thinking than Einstein, or Copernicus, or Newton, or Galileo, or Darwin -- it would alter our whole conception of our relation with the universe." 
 


Find out why at
my new show,
 Exploring the Illusion of Free Will

 

 

 

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Key Happiness Facts
 

World's Happiest Countries:
 
1. Nigeria
 2. Mexico
 3. Venezuela
 4. El Salvador
 5. Puerto Rico
 (U.S. ranks 16th)

Countries with Highest Levels of Subjective Well-Being:
 
1. Puerto Rico
 2. Mexico
 3. Denmark
 4. Columbia
 5. Ireland

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Americans consider happiness more important to them than money, moral goodness, and even going to Heaven.

Americans are, on average, only 69 percent happy.

The world population is, on average, less than 65 percent happy.

37 percent of the people on Forbes list of Wealthiest Americans are less happy than the average American.

At any given time, one forth of Americans are mildly depressed

14 percent of the nations on Earth are less than 50 percent happy.

Happiness Increase Experiments published in peer review journal have empirically demonstrated that individuals can be trained to be 25 percent happier through various training programs in from two to ten weeks.

All demographic variables combined, including age, sex, income, race, and education, are responsible for only 15 percent of the difference in happiness levels between individuals.

American Children feel happy 52 percent of the time, neutral 29 percent of the time, and unhappy 19 percent of the time.

Americans' personal income has increased more than 2 1/2 times over the last 50 years, but their happiness level has remained the same.

Americans earning more that $10 million annually are only slightly happier than average Americans.

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Dr. Douglas Ramm
 

 
Without implementation, happiness research is virtually pointless. Without research, happiness implementations are often misguided and ineffective. Dr. Douglas Ramm, a clinical psychologist with a private practice near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, thoroughly reviewed social science findings on happiness, and, as an undergraduate philosophy major studied the classic philosophical works on ethics and character.

Combining this extensive knowledge of happiness and ethics with his own research based on his psychotherapeutic practice with hundreds of clients spanning nearly thirty years, Dr. Ramm created a program for happiness-increase that uses happiness as the essential motivator, and ethics and character enhancement as the powerful tools, for helping individuals become a happier.

He describes this program comprehensively in his recently published book The Formula for Happiness, available through major booksellers or through his website at www.theformulaforhappiness.com.

In April, 2005, Dr. Ramm visited our television studio in White Plains, New York and taped three half-hour episodes of The Happiness Show describing the various elements of his "Formula."

On episode 101, "Dr. Douglas Ramm's The Formula for Happiness, Part I,"
available in broadband and dial-up video, and audio, we explore the "Matrix of Core Values" upon which his program is based.

On episode 102, "The Formula for Happiness, Part II; The General Inventory of Life Satisfaction," available in broadband and dial-up video, and audio, Dr. Ramm describes the methodology he used to develop and implement his program.

On episode 103, "The Formula for Happiness, Part III; Core Principles," available in broadband and  dial-up video, and audio, Dr. Ramm presents his research-derived requisites for character and happiness enhancement.

Any program or set of principles for becoming a happier and better person is as good as it is shown to be in "real world" applications. Dr. Ramm's "Facts of Life Seminar", which adopts his Formula for Happiness for use by an adolescent population, has proven so successful that in addition to its having been instituted as a compulsory component of the Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania juvenile probation program, plans are underway to incorporate the program state-wide. Pre- and Post-test measures for the eight week program demonstrate that graduates earned the following results;
 

Measure

Pre-Test Post-Test Increase
Refraining from Violence 41% 87% 90%
Refraining from Theft 26% 50% 92%
Keeping Promises 22% 62% 182%
Telling the Truth 24% 68% 183%
       
 

Dr. Ramm's methodology is important not only because of its proven effectiveness in character and happiness enhancement, but also because it uses ethics as the fundamental tool for happiness-increase. John Locke defined goodness as that which creates happiness. Jeremy Bentham penned a utilitarian philosophy that described the greatest good as that which creates the greatest happiness for the greatest number. Dr. Ramm's Formula for Happiness is unique in the field of happiness-increase because its tools enable greater happiness not only for those who practice them, but also for those with whom they share their lives.

Dr. Ramm is a member of both the American Psychological Association and the American Philosophical Association. His pioneering work exploring the relationship between happiness and human behavior was published in 1996 in New Ideas in Psychology; An International Journal of Innovative Theory in Psychology. His book, The Formula for Happiness, was published in 2004.

 

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