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 how things work, translating from mechanisms to life. His passion for understanding the bioengineering that makes us human, combined with his religious and spiritual beliefs has led him to research the subject of happiness for more than 20 years, and in the process, earned him a PhD in Natural Health.
He was the founder of Happiness Ministries, a not-for-profit ministry that produced inspirational texts. 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 spiritual qualities as loving-kindness and compassion. Baird has been involved with many religious organizations including nursing homes, churches, and charitable organizations. He was chairman of Catholic Charities for about 8 years. Dr. Baird is chairman of a Chicago chapter of the American Scientific Associations, a national professional association whose members are scientists who believe in God. The organization’s mission is to bring harmony to science and religion.
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 self-hypnosis and mind/body strategies to develop healthy eating habits. Expanding his research, in this field he then published Obesity Genes- and their epigenetic modifiers. [ CreateSpace 2012], which provided expanded epigenetic therapies to change genetic expression.
From his research of genetics in diet evolved the understanding that humans have a spiritual nature and that faith is genetic. This confirmed his belief that the expression of spirituality and altruistic acts, such as. compassion were genetically motivated and resulted in natural happiness. Results from researching genetic behavior and the new science of epigenetics inspired 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. [CreateSpace 2/2015]. This book brings understandings to the mysteries of our common behaviors and provides epigenetic therapies, such as; mindfulness, meditation, and cognitive therapy to modified genetic expression for improved well-being.