Michael W. Fordyce
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).
- Friedman, Haris (April 2013). "The Legacy of a Pioneering Happiness Researcher" (PDF). Journal of Happiness Studies. 14 (2): 363–366. doi:10.1007/s10902-013-9419-x. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
- Duckworth, Angela. "Positive Psychology in Clinical Practice" (PDF). Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. University of Pennsylvania Library. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
- "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.
- Michalos, Alex (2005). Citation Classics from Social Indicators Research. Social Indicators Research. Social Indicators Research Series. 26. doi:10.1007/1-4020-3742-2. ISBN 978-1-4020-3722-1.
- Di Tella, Rafael; MacCulloch, Robert (23 June 2007). "Gross national happiness as an answer to the Easterlin Paradox?" (PDF). Journal of Development Economics. 86 (1): 22. doi:10.1016/j.jdeveco.2007.06.008. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
- Toepfer, Steven; Walker, Kathleen (2009). "Letters of Gratitude: Improving Well-Being through Expressive Writing" (PDF). Journal of Writing Research. 1 (3): 181. doi:10.17239/jowr-2009.01.03.1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
- Fordyce, Michael (1993). Psychology of Happiness. Cypress Lake Media. p. 2. ISBN 9780060394363. Archived from the original on 2010-05-22.
Happiness... the one thing people want so much, is the one thing they know so little about...CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- GetHappy.net at the Wayback Machine (archived January 13, 2007), Fordyce's original site
- A Program to Increase Happiness: Further Studies USCD.edu
- on YouTube at Edison Community College
- Online obituary tribute "I never met Dr. Fordyce in person, but his online book...had a tremendous impact on my life"