Where Happiness Hides

We all think we know what will make us happy: more money. A better job. Love. But psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky says happiness doesn’t necessarily work like that. This week, we explore why happiness often slips through our fingers, and how to savor — and stretch out — our joys.

Additional Resources

Books: 

The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Happy, but Does, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Penguin Press, 2013.

The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Penguin Press, 2008.

Research:

The Proximal Experience of Gratitude, Kristin Layous, Kate Sweeny, Christina Armenta, Soojung Na, Incheol Choi, Sonja Lyubomirsky, PLOS ONE, 2017.

The How, Why, What, When, and Who of Happiness: Mechanism Underlying the Success of Positive Activity Interventions, Kristin Layous and Sonja Lyubomirsky, in Positive emotion: Integrating the light sides and dark sides, J. Gruber & J. Moscowitz (Eds.), Oxford University Press, 2014.

The Pains and Pleasures of Parenting: When, Why, and How is Parenthood Associated With More or Less Well-Being?, S.Katherine Nelson, Kostadin Kushlev, & Sonja Lyubomirsky, Psychological Bulletin, 2014.

How Do Simple Positive Activities Increase Well-Being?, Sonja Lyubomirsky and Kristin Layous, Current Directions in Psychological Science, 2013.


Pursuing Happiness: The Architecture of Sustainable Change, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Kennon Sheldon, David Shkade, Review of General Psychology, 2005.


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