Sonja Lyubomirsky

Professor of Psychology

Sonja Lyubomirsky is professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of “The How of Happiness” and “The Myths of Happiness,” translated in 23 and 16 languages, respectively. Lyubomirsky’s teaching and mentoring of students have been recognized with the Faculty of the Year (twice) and Faculty Mentor of the Year Awards. Her research, on the possibility of lastingly increasing happiness, has been honored with Fellow status from three different scientific societies, a Character lab grant, a Philosophy and Psychology grant, a Science of Generosity grant, two John Templeton Foundation Grants, a Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, and (with Sheldon) a grant from NIMH. 

She received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude from Harvard University and her doctorate in social psychology from Stanford University. Lyubomirsky lives in Santa Monica, California, with her family.