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
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 LifetimeBy Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 15, 2010
Sonja Lyubomirsky explains why helping others helps ourselves.
Videos and Podcasts: Gratitude Brings HappinessBy Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 15, 2010
Sonja Lyubomirsky shows how a simple reminder to count your blessings can have a profound impact.
Videos and Podcasts: The Benefits of HappinessBy Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 13, 2010
Sonja Lyubomirsky discusses research linking happiness to other positive things in life, including health, creativity, and better relationships.
Videos and Podcasts: Finding the Right FitBy Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 8, 2010
Happiness activities aren’t one-size-fits-all, explains Sonja Lyubomirsky: Different exercises are right for different people.
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.
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.
Videos and Podcasts: Happiness Takes WorkBy 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.
Videos and Podcasts: Pessimism about HappinessBy Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 6, 2010
Sonja Lyubomirsky offers three reasons to suspect that people actually can’t become happier than they already are.
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