Early Life and Educational Background
Sonja Lyubomirsky was born on December 14, 1966 in Moscow, USSR. At age 9, she immigrated to the USA with her parents and younger brother, living first in Brookline, MA, and then settling in Bethesda, MD. With the help of generous financial aid, she attended the Maret School in Washington D.C. from fifth to twelfth grade and then Harvard University, where she received her A.B.., summa cum laude, in Psychology in 1989. At Harvard, she worked with Paul Andreassen and completed a Thomas Hoopes Prize-winning Honors Thesis exploring causal syllogisms.
Sonja Lyubomirsky’s Ph.D. in social psychology was completed at Stanford University under the supervision of two fantastic mentors, Lee Ross and Susan Nolen-Hoeksema. Lee encouraged her to explore why some people are happier than others – specifically, the cognitive, affective, and motivational processes that distinguish happy and unhappy individuals. Her dissertation studies showed that happy people are...
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