Papers & Publications

Selected Publications (with PDF) (H-index=87; total citations=73,821)

    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2013). The myths of happiness: What should make you happy, but doesn’t, what shouldn’t make you hoxforappy, but does (X, Trans.). Beijing, China: Cheers Books.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2013).  De mythes van geluk: Wetenschappelijke inzichten in wat ons écht gellukkig maakt (Fanneke Cnossen , Trans.). Utrecht, Netherlands: Bruna.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2013). Mitovete za schastieto (Nadya Bayeva, Trans.). Sofia, Bulgaria: Obsidian.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2013). Boldogság-mítoszok: Tények és tévhítek. (X, Trans.). Budapest, Hungary: Ursus Libris.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2013). Mity o szczęściu. Warsaw, Poland: Laurum.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2013). The myths of happiness (X, Trans.). Seoul, South Korea: Knowledge Nomad.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). Los mitos de la felicidad (Martín R-Courel Ginzo, Trans.). Barcelona, Spain: Urano.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). Qu’est-ce qui nous rend vraiment heureux? (Laurent Bury, Trans.). Paris: Les Arènes.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). Myterne om lykke. (Henriette Rostrup, Trans).Copenhagen, Denmark: Dansk Psykologisk Forlag.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). Mitai apie laimę. (Margarita Bautrėnienė, Trans). Vilnius, Lithuania: Alma Littera.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). The myths of happiness (X, Trans.). Tokyo, Japan: Nihon Jitsugyo Shuppan.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). Os mitos da felicidade: O que deveria fazer você feliz, mas não faz; o que não deveria fazer você feliz, mas faz. (X, Trans.). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Odisseia.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). Oi mýthoi ti̱s ef̱tychías. (X, Trans.). Athens, Greece: Menandros Editions.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). The myths of happiness. (X, Trans.). Tel Aviv, Israel: Kinneret-Zmora.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2015). The myths of happiness. (X, Trans.). Bangkok, Thailand: Matichon.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2015). The myths of happiness. (X, Trans.). Istanbul, Turkey: Kapital.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2015). The myths of happiness. (X, Trans.). Taipei, Taiwan: Longstone.
    • Lyubomirsky, S. (2022). The myths of happiness. (X, Trans.). Beijing, China:  China CITIC Press
  • Walsh, L. C., Boz, G., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2023). Well-being and career success. In W. B. Walsh, L. Y. Flores, P. J. Hartung, & F. T. Leong (Eds.), Career psychology: Models, concepts, and counseling for meaningful employment (pp. 235-256). American Psychological Association.
  • Okabe-Miyamoto, K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2021). Social connection and well-being during COVID-19. In J. F. Helliwell, R. Layard, J. D. Sachs, & J-E De Neve (Eds.), World Happiness Report 2021 (Chapter 6, pp. 131-152). New York: United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
  • Okabe-Miyamoto, K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (in press). Happiness shapes and is shaped by social cognition and social connection. In D. Carlston, K. Johnson, & K. Hugenberg (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of social cognition (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.  [Abstract. Email for copy.]
  • Margolis, S., & Lyubomirsky, S. (in press). Cognitive outlooks and well-being. In E. Diener, S. Oishi, & L. Tay (Eds.), Handbook of subjective well-being. Noba Scholar Handbook Series: Subjective wellbeing. Salt Lake City, UT: DEF Publishers.
  • Wen, J. H., Lyubomirsky, S., & Sin, N. L. (2019). Positive activity interventions targeted to improve depressive symptoms. In Donaldson, S. I., Csikszentmihalyi, M., & Nakamura, J. (Eds.), Applied positive psychology: Improving everyday life, health, schools, work, and society (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.
  • Lyubomirsky, S. (2019). Sonja Lyubomirsky [autobiography]. In Zeigler-Hill, V., & Shackelford, T. K. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York: Springer.
  • Nelson, S. K., Layous, K., Cole, S., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2016). Do unto others or treat yourself?: The effects of prosocial and self-focused behavior on psychological flourishing. Emotion, 16, 850-861.
  • Fritz, M., Walsh, L. C., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2017). Staying happier. In M. D. Robinson & M. Eid (Eds.), The happy mind: Cognitive contributions to well-being (pp. 95-114). New York: Springer.
  • Lyubomirsky, S. (2012). Positive psychologists on positive constructs. [Comment on McNulty and Fincham’s “Beyond positive psychology? Toward a contextual view of psychological processes and well-being”]. American Psychologist, 67, 574.
  • Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Wisco, B. E., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). Rethinking rumination. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 3, 400-424.
  • Nelson, S. K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2016). Gratitude. In H. S. Friedman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mental Health (2nd ed., Vol. 2., pp. 277-280). Waltham, MA: Academic Press.
  • Armenta, C. N., Ruberton, P. M., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2015). Psychology of subjective wellbeing. In Wright, J. D. (Ed.), International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences (2nd ed.; pp. 648-653). Oxford, UK: Elsevier .
  • Jacobs Bao, K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2012). The rewards of happiness. In I. Boniwell & S. David (Eds.), Oxford handbook of happiness (pp. 119-133). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Martin-Krumm, C., Lyubomirsky, S., & Nelson, S. K. (2012). Psychologie positive et adaptation: Quelle contribution? [What is the contribution of research in positive psychology and hedonic adaptation?] In C. Tarquinio & E. Spitz (Eds.), Psychologie de l’adaptation (pp. 333-354)Bruxelles: De Boeck.
  • Boehm, J. K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2009). The promise of sustainable happiness. In S. J. Lopez (Ed.), Handbook of positive psychology (2nd ed.; pp. 667-677). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kurtz, J. L., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2011). Positive psychology. In M. R. Mehl & T. S. Conner (Eds.), Handbook of research methods for studying daily life (pp. 553-568). New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Lyubomirsky, S., & Dickerhoof, R. (2010). A construal approach to increasing happiness. In J. Tangney & J. E. Maddux (Eds.), Social psychological foundations of clinical psychology (pp. 229-244). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Boehm, J. K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). Does happiness promote career success? Journal of Career Assessment, 16, 101-116. The online version of this article can be found at:
  • Lyubomirsky, S., & Kurtz, J. L. (2009). Happiness. In D. Sander & K. R. Scherer (Eds.), The Oxford companion to emotion and the affective sciences. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kurtz, J. L., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). Towards a durable happiness. In S. J. Lopez & J. G. Rettew (Eds.), The Positive Psychology Perspective Series (Vol. 4; pp. 21-36). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.
  • Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). Forward. In S. J. Lopez (Ed.), Positive psychology: Exploring the best in people (pp. ix-xi). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Lyubomirsky, S., & Dickerhoof, R. (2005). Subjective well-being. In J. Worrell (Ed.), Handbook of girls and womens psychological health: Gender and well-being across the life span (pp. 166-174). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Lyubomirsky, S., & Tkach, C. (2003). The consequences of dysphoric rumination. In C. Papageorgiou & A. Wells (Eds.), Rumination: Nature, theory, and treatment of negative thinking in depression (pp. 21-41). Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Sousa, L., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2001). Life satisfaction. In J. Worell (Ed.),Encylopedia of women and gender: Sex similarities and differences and the impact of society on gender (Vol. 2, pp. 667-676). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

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Op-Eds/Popular Press

  • Lyubomirsky, S. (2005, January 17). Eight steps toward a more satisfying life. Time, 165, A8-A9. Pg 1 Pg 2
  • Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). Happiness. In G. Stone (Ed.), The 12-step Bush recovery program (pp. 118-120). New York: Villard.
  • Lyubomirsky, S., & Jacobs, K. M. (2010). Comment construire un bonheur durable. [How to build lasting happiness.] Cerveau & Psycho: Le magazine de la psychologie et des neurosciences, 37, 62-64.
  • Lyubomirsky, S. (2010, December). Become happier. Personal Excellence, 7.
  • Lyubomirsky, S. (2011, July 7). The Longevity Project. [Review of the book The Longevity Project.] Nature, 475, 32.
  • Yano, K., Lyubomirsky, S., & Chancellor, J. (2012). Sensing happinessIEEE Spectrum, 40, 26-31.
  • Lyubomirsky, S. (2012, December 23). Fantasy vs. reality. New York Times, Room for Debate, The Opinion Pages.


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