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Sonja Lyubomirsky

It was an honor to talk with Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The Myths of Happiness and The How of Happiness. She shares with us what happiness means to her, how her studies have changed lives, and what is next for her. Please enjoy this conversation with Sonja Lyubomirsky.

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Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Sonja is author of The Myths of Happiness and The How of Happiness, a book of strategies backed by scientific research that can be used to increase happiness.

Originally from Russia, she received her A.B., summa cum laude, from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from Stanford University. Lyubomirsky currently teaches courses in social psychology and positive psychology and serves as the Department of Psychology's graduate advisor. Her teaching and mentoring of students have been recognized with the Faculty of the Year and Faculty Mentor of the Year Awards.

Lyubomirsky's research has been awarded a Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, a Science of Generosity grant, a John Templeton Foundation grant, and a million-dollar grant (with Ken Sheldon) from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct research on the possibility of permanently increasing happiness. Her research has been written up in hundreds of magazines and newspapers and she has appeared in multiple TV shows, radio shows, and feature documentaries in North America, South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. She has lectured widely to a variety of audiences throughout the world, including business executives, educators, physicians, entrepreneurs, military officers, mental health professionals, life coaches, retirees, students, and scholars. 

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