LIMMUD FSU Recharge Presenters 2022

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Sonja Lyubomirsky Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside


Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness (published in 39 countries, including Russia). She was born in Moscow and moved to the Washington DC area at age 10; she received her B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University. Lyubomirsky and her research on the science of happiness have been the recipients of many grants and honors, including an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Basel (awarded Fall 2021), the Diener Award for Outstanding Midcareer Contributions in Personality Psychology, the Christopher J. Peterson Gold Medal, the Distinguished Research Lecturer Award, and a Positive Psychology Prize. She currently lives in Santa Monica, California, with her family.


The Science of Happiness: How Can You Become Happier and Why Should You?

Happiness not only feels good; it is good. Relative to their less happy peers, happy people are more creative, productive, and helpful; have more stable marriages and higher incomes:, and boast stronger immune systems. Fortunately, research has shown that most people can intentionally increase their happiness, even when they are usually unhappy and even during troubling times (like war or COVID). In this presentation, I will describe both classic and cutting-edge research on the “how” and “why” of happiness—that is, when and why such practices as gratitude, kindness, or connecting moments work “best” and how small and simple activities can transform people into happier and more flourishing individuals.