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Fourteen Fundamentals

Created By: MICHAEL W. FORDYCE, Ph.D
Answers the question – What are the top 14 traits of happy people?

The “Fourteen Fundamentals” are fourteen, highly characteristic traits of happy individuals, according to years of collected research.

Each of these 14 happiness traits, according to the research, make a significant contribution to the happiness that the happiest individuals enjoy.

All of these fourteen happiness traits can be developed by ordinary individuals.

And finally, virtually anyone who develops these characteristics will become noticably happier.

The above are the major proposition which underlie the happiness program we have developed…

The “Fourteen Fundamentals” are:

1. Be more active and keep busy.
2. Spend more time socializing.
3. Be productive at meaningful work.
4. Get better-organized and plan things out.
  5. Stop worrying.
  6. Lower your expectations and aspirations.
7. Develop positive optimistic thinking.
  8. Get present-oriented.
  9. WOAHP — work on a healthy personality.
10. Develop an outgoing, social personality.
11. Be yourself.
12. Eliminate the negative feelings and problems.
13. Close relationships are #1 source of happiness.
14. VALHAP — the “secret fundamental”.

The remainder of this volume is dedicated to an in-depth look at each of these fourteen, fundamental happiness traits.

In the chapters to come, we will take each Fundamental in turn, describe the research behind it, explain, in theoretical terms, how it contributes to the happiness of the happiest individuals, and provide some general guidelines (as well as some specific activities and strategies) that you can use to develop each Fundamental yourself.

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Michael W. Fordyce

"Happiness is Nature's main reward in life!" - Michael W Fordyce gethappy.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Updated by admin (from wiki): Michael W. Fordyce (December 14, 1944 – January 24, 2011) was a psychologist and pioneer researcher in the field of empirical happiness measurement and intervention. As a forerunner who approached "happiness" as an applied science, he ushered-in the modern academic branch of Positive Psychology. Fordyce contributed a happiness-measurement article to the journal Social Indicators Research, which ranked in the journal's top 2.4% most-cited articles. He demonstrated that happiness can be statistically measured and willfully increased (i.e. through "volitional" behavior). Fordyce worked at Edison Community College (Fort Myers, Florida) where he taught a data-driven "happiness training program" for over three decades.

3 thoughts on “Fourteen Fundamentals”

  1. I am a doctoral student,I whish to appply Fordyce’s program on the eldery in Egypt
    I want more information about how to achieve fourteen principles,what are the related activities ??
    For example how to make elders be organised??, how lower expectations?? How tobe ownself???please Ineed your help

  2. ALL individuals should use this list as a “study list” to complete to the point of “sufficient knowing”, where one is actually able to implement this in one’s life! They fit perfectly with all my studies about what is necessary to create happiness, in a non-magical-thinking way that actually works in life. You cannot be happy if you don’t conquer worrying and “disappearing” it through greater understanding, nor can you be happy without developing true “life competence” [even if you immerse yourself in all the greatest of affirmations. ALL of the happiness skill sets are immensely worthwhile developing. Do this BEFORE you do any other studies!!! It’s top priority!!! And it will have an immense “life value” for you!

  3. My first introduction to college was Dr. Fordyce’s General Psychology class when I was 15 years old. His teachings and insight led me to change my forever goal of teaching to studying psychology. I am so delighted his work has changed the face of psychological research as well as the lives of so many.

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