Sonja Lyubomirsky

One of the Most Highly Cited Researchers in the Field of Happiness, with over 76,000 citations. Stanford PhD and Bestselling Author of “The How of Happiness” which has been published in 39 countries.


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Sonja Lyubomirsky (AB Harvard, summa cum laude; PhD Stanford) is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of the best-selling The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness (published in 39 countries).

Born in Moscow, she is the world’s leading expert on the science of happiness and one of the highest cited researchers for her stage of career, with over 76,000 career citations. This Spring, Sonja was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and won a $900,000 grant to study the well-being and biological benefits of high-quality listening.

Her research—on the possibility of lastingly increasing happiness via gratitude, kindness, and connection interventions—has been honored with multiple awards, including an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Basel, the Diener Award for Outstanding Midcareer Contributions in Personality Psychology, the Christopher J. Peterson Gold Medal, the UC Riverside Faculty Research Award, and a Templeton Positive Psychology Prize.


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