About us


Lionel Ketchian recognizes the importance of understanding happiness because he made the Happiness Decision 24 years ago. Now that he has passed the age of 60, he realizes that it is the best decision he has ever made. He wrote the “Happiness Formula” and has a “One Step Method for Happiness.” He believes that happiness can change the world, one person at a time, starting with ourselves.

In 1999, Lionel started the Happiness Club in Fairfield, Connecticut. Each month, Lionel hosts free Happiness Club meetings there to discuss the many benefits of happiness and its role in individual wellness. Thanks to a greater awareness of the therapeutic effects of happiness there are now over 100 Happiness Clubs around the world.

Lionel has personally met and interviewed many world-famous people among them:
Desi Arnaz Jr.; Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.; Dr. Joyce Brothers, Robin Casarjian; Casey Casem; Dr. Deepak Chopra; Jose Feliciano; Guy Finley; Celeste Holm; Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.; Ken Keyes Jr.; Og Mandino; Edgar Mitchell, – Apollo 14 Astronaut; Dr. Robert Muller; Carolyn Myss, Ph.D.; Dr. Barry Sears; Neil Sedaka; Dr. Bernie Siegel; Anthony Robbins; Peter Yarrow; Zig Zigler; Gary Zukov.

In 2012, Lionel started collaborating with his friend Frank Kuchinski  and started Ongo Health to develop wellness activity programs that use mindfulness based problem solving techniques to help people cope with life, be happy, and flourish!  Frank came up with the “Happiness Club in a Box” concept which lets people quickly setup and run a happiness club anywhere.  Together, they are working to develop programs and online group engagement tools that give you everything you need to bring people in your community together for wellness activity events.

Lionel also writes the bi-weekly newspaper column, Be Happy Zone, for the Fairfield Citizen-News, and publishes a free bi-weekly e-mail newsletter titled Happ-E-Newsletter. He was also the co-host of the weekly cable television program, The Happiness Show.

In 1988, Lionel authored the book Food for Thought, after realizing that Happiness is a Decision, and received endorsements by world famous Authors such as: the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking; Dr. Bernie Siegel, Love, Medicine & Miracles; Ken Blanchard, Ph.D., The One Minute Manager; Ken Keyes, Jr., Handbook to Higher Consciousness; Bob Mandel, Open Heart Therapy; Jack Schwartz, It is not what you eat, but what eats you…; Shedema Goodman, Come to Life; Thea Alexander, 2150 AD; Ken Carey, Return of the Bird Tribes, to name a few.

He was the Editor-in-Chief and contributing writer for Spiritual Times magazine in 1992.

He taught the series, Personal Power & Success Through Happiness, and Be Happy No Matter What, at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. from 1999 through 2002.

The New York Times wrote four articles about his accomplishments. The Connecticut Post has written many articles on him and calls Lionel, “The Happiness Guru.”

He was the co-host for nine years of Successful Living, a live, call-in Radio Talk Show, given a # 1 rating in 1994.

Lionel developed the “One Step Method of Being Happy.” Since 1983, he has been empowering and enlightening people by conducting hundreds of seminars and workshops. Lionel implemented a Happiness Program to prison inmates of maximum security Greenhaven Correctional Facility in Stormville, NY and medium security Fishfill Correctional Facility in Fishkill, NY. He led weekly discussion groups with Fairfield Homeless Shelter residents.

Lionel has been happily married for 37 years, and enjoys  three wonderful children, a great daughter-in law, and two joyful grandchildren.

Lionel loves meeting new friends like you. Please contact him!