Positive Activities and Well-Being Laboratory


  • Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.


  • Megan Fritz (4th year)
  • Lilian Shin (4th year)
  • Seth Margolis (3rd year)
  • Julia Revord (3rd year)
  • Lisa Walsh (3rd year)


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The Architecture of Sustainable Happiness

  • Mechanisms of Sustainable Change in Long-Term Positive Affect
  • Mediators and Moderators of the Effects of Activity-Based Happiness-Increasing Interventions
  • Pursuing Sustainable Happiness Through Practicing Gratitude, Kindness, Optimism, Goal Pursuit, Extraverted Behaviors, Self-Compassion, Savoring, Self-Affirmation, and Strengths
  • Genetic and Environmental Influences on Individual Differences in Teens’ Responses to Happiness-Increasing Interventions
  • Under What Conditions and Individual Differences Might Positive Activities Backfire?

The Architecture of Strengths: Generosity, Gratitude, and Humility

  • Well-Being Benefits, Spill-Over Effects, Pay-It-Forward Effects, and Inspiration Effects of the Propagation of Generosity in a Social Network
  • Gratitude as a Trigger of Self-Control and Self-Improvement Efforts in the Domains of Work, School, Health, Benevolence, and Parenting Among Adults and Adolescents
  • Emotional Homophily and Emotional Contagion in the Workplace
  • Measurement, Antecedents, Causes, and Consequences of State Humility for Individuals and Organizations
  • Self-Affirmation, Gratitude, and Awe as Triggers and Outcomes of Humble Feelings
  • How Can People Become Lastingly More Humble?: Developing a Long-Lasting Humility-Boosting Program

Why Are Some People Happier Than Others?: Cognitive, Motivational, and Behavioral Processes in Subjective Happiness

  • Individual and Societal Benefits of Happiness and Positive Affect
  • The Parenthood Paradox: When and Why Are Parents More or Less Happy?
  • Ambulatory, Sociometric, Genomic, Psychophysiological, EEG, Smartphone, and Virtual Reality Methodologies to Assess and Induce Happiness and Its Outcomes

Cultural, Population, and Developmental Influences on the Pursuit of Happiness

  • Cultural Differences in the Mechanisms and Effectiveness of Happiness-Increasing Interventions: Trials With Asian-American, Japanese, Chinese, Hong Kong, Taiwanese, Korean, Indian, Chilean, Hungarian, German, French, Spanish, Canadian, and British Participants
  • Mechanisms Underlying the Success of Happiness-Increasing Interventions in Elementary School Students, High School Students, Coronary Heart Disease Patients, Suicidal Patients, and Corporate Employees
  • Positive Activities as Protective Factors Against Mental Health Conditions in At Risk and Clinical (Suicidal, Depressed, Anxious) Populations
  • Meaning, Experience, and Expression of Happiness and Suffering: The U.S. vs. Russia

Hedonic Adaptation to Positive Experience

  • Adaptation to Positive Experience as a Barrier to Sustainable Happiness: Mechanisms (Appreciation, Novelty, Variety)  and Interventions
  • The Role of Elevated Aspirations in Consumerism, Materialism, Indebtedness, and Overspending: Thwarting Hedonic Adaptation and Fostering Thrift