Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Lyubomirsky, Sonja

  • Sonja Lyubomirsky
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_2215-1

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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Selected Bibliography

  1. Boehm, J. K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). Does happiness lead to career success. Journal of Career Assessment, 16, 101–116.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Layous, K., Nelson, S. K., Oberle, E., Schonert-Reichl, K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2012). Kindness counts: Prompting prosocial behavior in preadolescents boosts peer acceptance and well-being. PLoS One, 7, e51380.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  11. Nelson-Coffey, S. K., Fritz, M. M., Lyubomirsky, S., & Cole, S. (2017). Kindness in the blood: A randomized controlled trial of the gene regulatory impact of prosocial behavior. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 81, 8–13.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of California, RiversideRiversideUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Lindsey Osterman
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  1. 1.Roanoke CollegeSalemUSA