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Sonja Lyubomirsky’s new book will be titled The Myth of Happiness. Sonja Lyubomirsky is working on The Myth of Happiness, which will be out in winter 2013.

These are some of the The Myth of Happiness

Happiness Myth No. 1: Either you have it or you don’t.

Happiness Myth No. 2: Happiness is a destination.

Happiness Myth No. 3: You always adapt to your happiness set point.
“I argue that you can thwart adaptation, slow it down, or prevent it with active ways of thinking or behaving,” says Lyubomirsky, who after moving to Santa Monica, Calif., found herself adapting to her beautiful surroundings. To counteract this trend, she put effort into appreciating the view she saw when running on a path overlooking the ocean. She says she now savors that view daily, trying to see it “through the eyes of a tourist.”

Happiness Myth No. 4: Negative emotions always outweigh the positive ones.

Happiness Myth No. 5: Happiness is all about hedonism.

Happiness Myth No. 6: One size fits all.

Sonja Lyubomirsky is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California. We look forward for her new book The Myth of Happiness.

The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want written by Sonja Lyubomirsky, is based on the premise that:

– happiness is worth striving for
– 50 percent of a given human’s happiness level is genetically determined (based on twin studies), 10 percent is affected by life circumstances and situation, and a remaining 40 percent of happiness is subject to self control

The strategies offered in the The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want are designed to target the 40 percent of happiness that is subject to manipulation.

Sonja Lyubomirsky is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. She is often quoted in news articles about positive psychology and happiness. She is also an associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology.

The How of Happiness has spawned an iPhone application called Live Happy, produced by Signal Patterns. Lyubomirsky is on the company’s scientific advisory board.[