Sonja Lyubomirsky is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Her research – on how people can become happier — has been honored with a Science of Generosity grant, a John Templeton Foundation grant, a Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, and a million-dollar grant from NIMH (with Sheldon). Lyubomirsky’s two books from Penguin Press, The How of Happiness (2008) and The Myths of Happiness (2013), have been published in 22 and 14 countries, respectively. Her work has been written up in hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, and she has appeared in multiple TV shows, radio shows, and feature documentaries in North America, South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. She lives in Santa Monica, CA, with her family.
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- In defense of parenthood: Children are associated with more joy than misery (with S. Nelson, K. Kushlev, T. English, E. Dunn, 2013) Psychological Science
Kindness counts: Prompting prosocial behavior in preadolescents boosts peer acceptance and well-being (with K. Layous, S. Nelson, E. Oberle, K. Schonert-Reichl, 2012) PLOS ONE
- Pursuing happiness: The architecture of sustainable change (2005) Review of General Psychology
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