Dr. James D. Baird

About Dr. James D. Baird

About the Author: James D Baird is a graduate engineer and researcher who has studied genetics and common behaviors for more than 20 years. He has researched the field of behavioral epigenetics, which holds the promise of modifying behavior by changing gene expression. Baird holds a PhD in natural health and is the author of six books on human behavior. He has won many awards and appeared on major TV stations and dozens of radio shows. His most recently published book is Behavioral Genes-Why We Do What We Do and How to Change. In addition to Behavioral Genes, Dr. Baird’s books include Happiness Genes, Obesity Genes, Mindful Meals Diet, Modern Christian Happiness Plan, and The Happiness Plan.

June 2019

Curiosity Genes

By |2019-06-03T17:34:20-05:00June 3rd, 2019|Epigenetics|

When we actively pursue new information through our curiosity, we're rewarded with a flood of the pleasure-inducing chemical dopamine. In addition to the reward system, other areas of the brain play a role in curiosity as well. It appears that regions dedicated to working memory in the prefrontal cortex allow us to distinguish between new and previously experienced stimuli. [...]

February 2019

The 30,000 Year Evolution of the Subjective Well-Being of Human Nature

By |2019-02-27T13:58:20-05:00February 27th, 2019|Epigenetics|

Genetic instincts, such as the “flight or fight syndrome” and intuitive thinking [gut reaction to the environment] 30,000 years ago were the behaviors of survival. Our ancestors departing Africa some 30,000 years ago to spread throughout the world and the hunter gatherer groups reacted to different environments which caused epigenetic modifications to genetic expression and [...]

June 2017

Happiness Discovered: Exploring Epigenetics & Mindful Expression of Happiness Genes

By |2019-02-21T08:43:22-05:00June 5th, 2017|Epigenetics|

A huge study involving over 190 researchers in 140 research centers in 17 countries has located genetic variants associated with happiness and other traits. The study is one of the largest ever published looking at the genes involved in human behavior. In the journal Nature Genetics, the international team describes how it analyzed genomic [...]

March 2016

US News & World Report: Why Men Should Meditate to Make Their Relationships Last

By |2019-02-18T14:29:18-05:00March 1st, 2016|Epigenetics|

One reason is that, yes, you'll probably have more sex. That's right – men should meditate to make their relationships last. In my 20 years of experience as a behavioral expert, the No. 1 reason I see relationships falling apart is because men just don't know how to talk to women. Continue reading on the US News & World Report [...]

Peace, Happiness and Well-being 101

By |2016-03-01T09:58:33-05:00March 1st, 2016|Epigenetics|

Peace is a condition of nonresistance to external circumstances. A condition of not desiring anything you don’t already have. Peace is the mental state of no suffering as taught by the Buddha and Jesus. Happiness is genetic and consequently not subject to changing external conditions. It results from a genetic reward for performing altruistic acts, [...]

September 2015

Part 2 – Mind, Behaviors and Epigenetics: Unlocking the Potential of Epigenetic Behavioral Therapy

By |2019-02-21T08:25:06-05:00September 25th, 2015|Epigenetics|

In Part 1 – Mind, Behaviors and Epigenetics: Unlocking the Potential of Epigenetic Behavioral Therapy , I introduced the background on epigenetics and how it affects us. In Part 2, below, I delve into further explanation on the concept of epigenetic behavioral therapy. The epigenome and genetic markers Genes can be thought of as the blueprints that [...]

Part 1 – Mind, Behaviors and Epigenetics: Unlocking the Potential of Epigenetic Behavioral Therapy

By |2019-02-18T14:29:18-05:00September 25th, 2015|Epigenetics|

You use your mind in most of your waking moments — but more accurately, your mind uses you. Since the days of our prehistoric ancestors our minds have been controlling our behavior, and that’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s the reason why our species even exists. The problem is that all too often, [...]

July 2015

Behavior Modification Made Simple

By |2019-02-18T14:29:18-05:00July 30th, 2015|Epigenetics|

There are three root causes of behaviors: genetic, epigenetic and culture. However, all three are interdependent. Here is a quick and easy way to see how they all relate to one another and how to use your awareness of this information to modify your behavior. Genetic: The genetic component is often referred to as heritability. [...]

Mind Management for Compassionate Thoughts

By |2019-02-18T14:29:18-05:00July 16th, 2015|Epigenetics|

By Dr. James Baird, Author of Behavioral Genes-Why We Do What We Do and How to Change Introduction Our mind is a two-edged sword.  It is capable of bringing us a feeling of well-being or one of anxiety. Our thoughts seem to be out of control, coming from all directions. They are so disoriented that our [...]