Michael W. Fordyce

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Michael W. Fordyce (December 14, 1944 – January 24, 2011) was a psychologist and pioneer researcher in the field of empirical happiness measurement and intervention.[1] As a forerunner who approached "happiness" as an applied science, he ushered-in the modern academic branch of Positive Psychology[2][3]

Fordyce contributed a happiness-measurement article to the journal Social Indicators Research, which ranked in the journal's top 2.4% most-cited articles.[4] He demonstrated that happiness can be statistically measured[5] and willfully increased (i.e. through "volitional" behavior).[6]

Fordyce worked at Edison Community College (Fort Myers, Florida) where he taught a data-driven "happiness training program" for over three decades.[7]


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  2. Duckworth, Angela. "Positive Psychology in Clinical Practice" (PDF). Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. University of Pennsylvania Library. Retrieved 1 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Condolences for Michael W. Fordyce". tributes.com. Retrieved 27 September 2013. I was always fascinated how the majority of modern findings were already in his 14 fundamentals. He truly was decades ahead of his time.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Michalos, Alex. "Citation Classics from Social Indicators Research". Social Indicators Research. Springer Science. Retrieved 1 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  6. Toepfer, Steven; Walker, Kathleen (2009). "Letters of Gratitude: Improving Well-Being through Expressive Writing" (PDF). Journal of Writing Research. 1 (3): 181. Retrieved 6 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Fordyce, Michael (1993). Psychology of Happiness. Cypress Lake Media. p. 2. ISBN 9780060394363. Happiness... the one thing people want so much, is the one thing they know so little about...<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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