P. “Gus” Godsey
Named the “Happiest Man in America”
by USA Weekend Magazine
Weekend Magazine named J.P. “Gus” Godsey the “happiest
man in America” on March 7. 2003. Martin E.P. Seligman,
Ph.D., author of Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive
to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment and nationally-recognized
happiness expert worked with USA Weekend to identify J.P. as
happiest person. J.P. underwent a number of tests that measured
his current level of happiness, satisfaction with his family
work life, level of optimism and a host of other characteristics
that reveal happiness. J.P. scored in the top percentile of
Americans who have taken this series of tests.
Financial Advisor with several major brokerage firms for 25 years.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management
and Economics from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is a Certified
Senior Advisor in Investments, and is a Graduate Assistant in
Dale Carnegie training. He has been a licensed securities broker
and financial advisor for over 25 years. He also serves on his
alumni board, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and on his international
fraternity board, Theta Chi. He serves as
Earning by Learning, is a founding member of the Richard Hassell
Foundation, is a member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,
and is a Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Virginia Beach.
P. is involved in many community organizations including the
and Holiday Food and Toy Drives he started 20 years ago. He received
the 2000 Human Rights Award from the City of Virginia Beach,
the past Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach. J.
P. serves on the Beach Events Steering Committee and is an active
member of the Wolfsnare Civic League. J. P. is a Director of the Irving “Blueprint”
Parker Leadership Foundation, and raises money for various political
candidates and for the Joy Fund Thanksgiving Football Bowl that
provides funds for under privileged children in the Hampton Roads
area. J. P. was also chosen as one of America’s Outstanding Young
Men for several consecutive years in the 1980s.
In 2006 J.P.
released his first book "How To Be Happy EVERY DAY" published by
Morgan James Publishing. It was reissued in 2008 and lists 366 ways
to embrace life and make it richer for you and those around you.
his second book in June 2010, "How To Be Happy In HARD TIMES" !
The book covers, in plain English, tips on how to get more out
of life this minute. J.P.
shares his unwavering belief in volunteering, giving back means
getting back. It's a great read.
hosts "The J.P. Godsey Show" heard each Day from 3-6 PM on
"WHKT AM 1650" simulcast on "WPMH AM 670"
Live. It is heard along the eastern coast of Virginia
and is streamed live on the internet. This entertainment/variety
show hosts political, entertainment, and sporting stars from around
the globe. Past guests are listed under appearances/media on this
site. Tune in...It's a fun and "Happy' show.
2006, J.P. and friends launched "The MrHappyUSA Foundation"
focusing on the needs of seniors. They host an annual event such as
a golf tournament or a dinner/show to raise funds. This past year
Gianni Russo performed his show with songs from the great Italian
crooners at the Italian Roma Lodge in Virginia Beach. Funds raised
went to purchase Wii exercise/game systems for low income retirement
homes. Additional info. is linked on the website.
see his more extensive biography for additional information.
P. “GUS” GODSEY
Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Economics,
West Virginia Wesleyan College, 1979
Numerous Security Licenses
Extensive Continuing Education in Marketing Management and Ethics
- Delegate, Republican National Convention, 2004;
Villanueva for City Council (Mr. Villanueva is the first Filipino
an office in the state of Virginia), 2002;
Committee Member, Maddox for City Council, 2002;
Speech for Lt. Governor John Hager, Republican State Convention
Richmond, Virginia, 2001;
Republican National Convention, 2000;
Virginia Beach Republican City Committee, 1991-Present;
Virginia Beach Republican City Committee, 1996-1999;
Hampton Roads Republican Alliance and Five City Festival, 1996-1999;
District Republican Convention Chairman, Virginia Beach, Virginia,
Chairman, Virginia Beach Republican City Committee, 1993-1999;
Chairman, Chapman for Congress, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 1992
Legislative Coordinator, Virginia Beach Republican City Committee,
to all the Republican 2nd District and State Conventions, Virginia
Steering Committee and Finance Chairman for numerous Delegate/Senate
races in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia, 1985-Present;
Hinkle for Congress, 2nd District of West Virginia, 1982.
Chairman of "The MrHappyUSA Foundation"
Member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Hampton Roads Chapter,
Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission, 2002-2008;
of Directors, Finance Committee, Ervin "Blueprint" Parker
Member, Virginia Beach Events Steering Committee, 2002-Present;
Theta Chi International Foundation Chapter, 2002-2003;
Member of Theta Chi International Foundation Chapter, 1990-2003;
and Chairman, The Richard Hassell Foundation, 2001-2006
The Mills Brothers International Society, 2000-2006
Earning by Learning Foundation, Hampton Roads, 1997-Present;
of Directors, Earning by Learning Foundation, Hampton Roads, 1993-Present;
Tidewater Chapter of the West Virginia Wesleyan Alumni Association,
West Virginia Wesleyan Alumni Council, 1991- 2003
and Director, annual Multi-Corporate Turkey/Clothing/Toy Drives
Thanksgiving and Christmas, Christian Action (now RHF) and Mothers,
The Children's Connection, 1999;
Leader/Recruitment Leader, Annual American Heart Walk, 1993-1997;
Leader, Annual Tele-pledge to benefit the American Heart Association,
and Director, Corporate College Intern Program, Prudential Securities,
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 1988-1997;
and Company Leader, United Way, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,
Hampton Roads, 1980-1997;
President, West Virginia Wesleyan Alumni Council, 1991-1995;
President and Finance Director, Delta Gamma Chapter of Theta Chi
Alumni Association, 1986-1995;
West Virginia Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame Inaugural Task Force,
Chairman, Hurricane Andrew Relief Fund, Virginia Beach, Virginia,
Brother, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Virginia Beach, Virginia,
the Reading for the Blind Program, WHRO Radio, Norfolk, Virginia,