James D. Baird, PhD has more than 40 years of experience as a successful inventor and graduate engineer. A pioneer in the new science of ultrasonics, Baird has earned several patents and as a successful entrepreneur founded Dynasonics, Inc., a design and manufacturing company of ultrasonic sensors and computers.
His inventory background instilled in him a persistent curiosity about human behavior and the science of behavioral genetics. His passion for understanding the bioengineering that makes us human, combined with his study of evolution has led him to research the subject of happiness and well-being for more than 20 years, and in the process, earned him a PhD in Natural Health.
behavioral genetics research produced six books on happiness and well-being based on behavioral genetics. His first two books The Happiness Plan (Liquori, 1990) and The Modern Christian’s Happiness Plan (Wine Press, 1999 (are based upon the premise that happiness comes from altruistic ethics and behavioral choices that put into action such qualities as loving-kindness and compassion.
As a natural health advocate with an inventor’s curiosity, he was intrigued by the paradox that “diets don’t work.” In an effort to uncover the reasons and provide an answer, he wrote his third book, The Mindful Meals Diet (iUniverse, 2007), which explained how genetic factors are the basis of unhealthy eating habits that lead people to become overweight. His program incorporated genetic and epigenetic strategies to develop healthy eating habits. Expanding his research, in this field he then published Obesity Genes- and Their Epigenetic Modifiers. [Create Space 2012], which provided expanded epigenetic therapies to change genetic expression.
From his research of behavioral genetics evolved the understanding that the behavior of our ancestors so necessary in those hazardous days of constant threats were being modified as the environmental factors brought epigenetic modifications, which change behavior without modifying the DNA sequence, inspiring Baird to write Happiness Genes – Unlock the Positive Potential Hidden in Your DNA.[NewPage 3/2010]
Further research into the science of behavioral genetics and evolutionary psychology revealed various common behaviors that had an effect on happiness and well-being. He then wrote his sixth book, Behavioral Genes – Why We Do What We Do and How To Change. [Create Space 2/2015]. This book brings understandings to the mysteries of our common behaviors and provides epigenetic therapies, such as; mindfulness, meditation, and critical thinking to increase positive emotions and decrease negative emotions thereby instilling more happiness and well-being. The components of happiness and well-being are summarized in Baird’s latest book Epigenetics and Genetic Happiness [Kindle 1/20].