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.[