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The Opening Door – Show 22: Dr. Sonja Lyubormirsky

Often what we think will make us happy doesn’t and what we don’t think will make us happy does.   Uncover the faulty thinking and the misconceptions about where our true happiness lies with author of the Myths of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky Phd.   Her research insights will expand your view of happiness and help you recognize how even challenging life situations can translate into surprising happiness and personal growth.  Trade in your tired expectations of attaining happiness through culturally confirmed markers of adult success and realize the true potential of happiness that lives inside you and in the unexpected corners of what could be.   Don’t miss this interview that provides a corrective course on happiness and a call to regard life’s twists and turns with a more open mind, The Myths of Happiness shares practical lessons with life-changing potential.

sonjaSonja Lyubomirsky is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of 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. The How of Happiness is now translated and published in 19 countries, and The Myths of Happiness is scheduled to be launched on January 3, 2013.  Lyubomirsky lives happily in beautiful Santa Monica, California with her husband, Peter Del Greco, and their children, Gabriella, Alexander, and new addition Isabella.