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Sonja Lyubomirsky

Sonja Lyubomirsky

 

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at UC Riverside and the author of the best-selling book, The How of Happiness. Dr. Lyubomirsky is a leader in the field of positive psychology. Her research has found that people have a strong capacity to determine their own happiness, and she has identified specific, everyday steps people can take to boost their levels of happiness.

A graduate of Harvard and Stanford, Dr. Lyubomirsky has won the esteemed Templeton Positive Psychology Prize and is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology. Her teaching has been recognized with the Faculty of the Year award at UC Riverside.

 
 
  

Stories by Sonja Lyubomirsky

Sonja Lyubomirsky sheds light on how much of our happiness is determined by our genes, and how much is within our power to control.

Videos and Podcasts: What Determines Happiness?

By Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 15, 2010

Sonja Lyubomirsky sheds light on how much of our happiness is determined by our genes, and how much is within our power to control.

 

Articles: Happiness for a Lifetime

By Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 15, 2010

Sonja Lyubomirsky explains why helping others helps ourselves.

 
Sonja Lyubomirsky shows how a simple reminder to count your blessings can have a profound impact.

Videos and Podcasts: Gratitude Brings Happiness

By Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 15, 2010

Sonja Lyubomirsky shows how a simple reminder to count your blessings can have a profound impact.

 
Sonja Lyubomirsky discusses research linking happiness to other positive things in life, including health, creativity, and better relationships.

Videos and Podcasts: The Benefits of Happiness

By Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 13, 2010

Sonja Lyubomirsky discusses research linking happiness to other positive things in life, including health, creativity, and better relationships.

 
Happiness activities aren’t one-size-fits-all, explains Sonja Lyubomirsky: Different exercises are right for different people.

Videos and Podcasts: Finding the Right Fit

By Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 8, 2010

Happiness activities aren’t one-size-fits-all, explains Sonja Lyubomirsky: Different exercises are right for different people.

 
Research from around the world suggests that low expectations and good people are more likely to make us happy than material possessions, explains Sonja Lyubomirsky.

Videos and Podcasts: Does Money Bring Happiness?

By Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 8, 2010

Research from around the world suggests that low expectations and good people are more likely to make us happy than material possessions, explains Sonja Lyubomirsky.

 
Sonja Lyubomirsky explains how researchers define happiness, and how different cultures define it differently.

Videos and Podcasts: What is Happiness?

By Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 8, 2010

Sonja Lyubomirsky explains how researchers define happiness, and how different cultures define it differently.

 
Lasting boosts in happiness require long-term commitment, argues Sonja Lyubomirsky, but the right habits can help us get there.

Videos and Podcasts: Happiness Takes Work

By Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 6, 2010

Lasting boosts in happiness require long-term commitment, argues Sonja Lyubomirsky, but the right habits can help us get there.

 
Sonja Lyubomirsky offers three reasons to suspect that people actually can’t become happier than they already are.

Videos and Podcasts: Pessimism about Happiness

By Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 6, 2010

Sonja Lyubomirsky offers three reasons to suspect that people actually can’t become happier than they already are.

 
Sonja Lyubomirsky discusses how helping others helps ourselves.

Videos and Podcasts: Happiness for a Lifetime

By Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 5, 2010

Sonja Lyubomirsky discusses how helping others helps ourselves.

 
One of the world’s top experts on happiness discusses what happiness is, why it matters, and gives research-tested strategies for boosting happiness in everyday life.

Videos and Podcasts: Sonja Lyubomirsky on The How of Happiness

By Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 5, 2010

One of the world’s top experts on happiness discusses what happiness is, why it matters, and gives research-tested strategies for boosting happiness in everyday life.

 

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