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“Are there Secrets to Happiness?” What is it to be happy, or to live a happy and successful life? Is it having money, getting married, becoming a mother, having good health, living in a mansion, or receiving a postgraduate degree? The only question that is more investigative is “What is happiness?” There have been many books written concerning ‘happiness’ and attempting to define the ‘secret’ to happiness, or suggesting how to achieve it. Whether scientific or non-scientific we have discovered that there is not a single (universal) definition, key, or secret to happiness.

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Discovering Your Optimum ‘Happiness Index’ (OHI) is an insightful hypothesis, supported by detailed research that analyzes what happiness is. Everyone has an “Optimum Happiness Index (OHI). The book offers interactive questionnaires that guide the reader towards achieving their OH goals.

Discovering Your Optimum ‘Happiness Index’ (OHI) Quotes Handbook is an inspirational and chronological listing of 365 quotes taken from our foremost body of work, Discovering Your Optimum ‘Happiness Index’ (OHI). These 365 quotes takes you on a journey of discovery of “Optimum Happiness” (OH), underpinned by “Joy.”

Five Foundations of Human Development (FFHD) proposes answers to the dilemma of our postmodern era from five foundational perspectives (Spiritual, moral, social, intellectual, and physical). It answers the question, “Is our materially driven life a threat to the Spiritual purpose of our existence.” 

Thoughts to Enlighten and Empower the Mind Is a collection of 2001 questions and philosophical thoughts that will inspire, enlighten, and empower humanity in our twenty-first century; peened simultaneously with our foremost body of work, Five Foundations of Human Development (FFHD).


EMG “Optimum ‘Happiness Index’ (OHI) Project,” is an exploration of the higher intrinsic benefits of happiness. Its findings suggest that the happiness of a country is the aggregate of the happiness of its people hence every country should instate a Ministry of Happiness (MOH¹), and a Minister of Happiness (MOH²) as vital to its leadership. Optimum Happiness (OH) is a higher value proposition than lifestyle happiness, as a plan for human survival as a viable species. The “Happiness Index” (HI) is a (self-directed) measure of peoples’ happiness based on a score derived from a questionnaire model, a predicate of Ten Key Happiness Indicators (TKHI) underpinned by peoples’ Achievements, Attributes, and Customs.


Marjorie and I live “Optimum Happy” lives, but that does not imply that we have great wealth, live in a mansion, drive exotic automobiles, or socialize with prominent figures in society. Our perspective on happiness means a commitment to God, marriage, children, family, and friends; likewise, to recognize, acknowledge, and embrace the “oneness” of the human family, our “interdependence,” as the ultimate key to happiness.

Happiness means to discover one’s genius, which is to determine one’s highest capability and develop it to the “Optimum.” Happiness means to understand that all people have a common desire for universal love, fairness, and justice. Happiness means to listen to and empathize with others who live in fear and suffer anxiety. Happiness means generosity of spirit. Marjorie and I introduce Discovering Your Optimum Happiness Index (OHI) as our vision of a happy life to the world, to engage people, in a global dialogue about the inherent benefits to happiness.

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How can we Discover our “Optimum Happiness” Index (OHI)?

Much more than a ‘self-help’ book, Discovering Your Optimum ‘Happiness Index’ (OHI) takes an in-depth approach to the human condition that contributes to a happy life.


What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness.

Robert Waldinger is a Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history [regarding health and happiness].


"[Discovering Your Optimum Happiness Index (OHI)] anatomizes dozens of aspects of happiness—social, spiritual, moral, physical, and intellectual—and ranges them along a methodology designed to help readers quantify their own specific happiness indexes. The authors are empathetic but also clear-eyed, and they cast their inquiries over many kinds of societies, assessing all the various pragmatic factors that can determine a person’s happiness." Read more…

“Kirkus Reviews”


“This book is a timely and relevant encapsulation of the multi-faceted dynamics encountered in one’s “search for happiness.” Not only have the authors opened up a panorama of ways to view happiness, but their self-directed guide also challenges the reader to examine their personal past, present, and possible future states of happiness. Their extensive body of work speaks to individuals from all lifestyles and professions.” Read More...

Karla A. Hutchinson-Skeete, MS.Ed Educator, Doctoral Candidate
Decatur, Georgia, USA


Errol A. Gibbs
Errol A. Gibbs



Errol A. Gibbs is an eloquent speaker, informed by extensive background, speaking to various audiences within corporations, community organizations, and churches. He presents himself not as an expert, or as giving expert advice, but as an ordinary person with a unique understanding and perspective of human development, based on a foundation of Biblical principles, scientific facts, and intellectual and empirical observation. Errol is acutely aware of some of the incalculable challenges of the twenty-first century. Some of these challenges have been documented in extensive detail in the writing of © 2011 "Five Foundations of Human Development (FFHD)", and © 2016 “Discovering Your Optimum ‘Happiness Index’ (OHI).Please contact the authors to arrange a speaking engagement at your church, corporation, organization, institution, or small group.




"Although happiness is not necessarily synonymous with material success, material success can engender temporary happiness. Likewise, happiness can produce success, but there is a fundamental difference between success and a successful life."

― Gibbs²