Being Well Podcast: The How of Happiness with Sonja Lyubomirsky

Being Well Podcast: The How of Happiness with Sonja Lyubomirsky

To summarize and simplify a little bit, one of the major focuses of this podcast is the “how” of happiness – what we can actually do in our lives, practically speaking, to increase our natural foundation of happiness and well-being.

There’s endless advice out there about how to become happier, but most of it is anecdotal in nature. That’s why we’re so happy to be being joined today by one of the leading researchers on the scientific study of human happiness: Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky.

Dr. Lyubomirsky is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. She’s the author of the bestseller The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want, and The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Happy, But Does.

On this episode we explore:

  • The things that don’t contribute to your happiness as much as you might think.
  • What practices can really make a difference.
  • How we can build the trait of happiness.

I hope you enjoy it!

Timestamps:

01:06: The “pie chart” of happiness.

 04:52: What push-back have you received on your work?

 06:49: What has a big role in the 40% of our happiness we control?

 12:34: What can we do to handle “back-fre” effects?

 14:26: Building the trait of happiness.

 21:35: A message to her younger self.



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