As a precaution, this event has been canceled (3/11/2020)

Crean College of Health & Behavioral Sciences and The Center for Excellence in Biopsychosocial Approaches to Health (CEBAH) are pleased to co-host a guest lecture by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky on March 16, 2020, at 11:30 am in Beckman Hall, Room 404. The event is part of  “The Science of Flourishing” mini-conference which will convene international scientific experts to outline objectives for the next decade of science on key forms of flourishing that drive mental and physical health across the lifespan. The conference is invitation-only but the lecture is free and open to all Chapman faculty, staff, and students.

Dr. Lyubomirsky, a Distinguished Professor and Vice-Chair of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, is a social psychologist best known for her scientific inquiries into human happiness. Drawing on her own groundbreaking research with thousands of men and women, she published “The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want” in 2008 which provides dozens of strategies to increase happiness in our day-to-day lives. “The Myths of Happiness” followed in 2013. It explores how thoughts and expectations about happiness do not always deliver and gives recommendations on how to “slow hedonic adaptation, cope with adversity, pursue new goals, and grow and flourish.” In addition to her books, Dr. Lyubomirsky regularly posts articles on her blog “How of Happiness” located on the Psychology Today website.

Since 1994 she has been the director of the Positive Activities and Well-Being Laboratory at UC Riverside where Chapman University Assistant Professor of Psychology, Dr. Julia Boehm, was once a research assistant. Dr. Boehm and Dr. Lyubomirsky have gone on to collaborate on several scholarly articles including “Does Happiness Promote Career Success? Revisiting the Evidence,” published in 2018.

Dr. Lyubomirsky’s talk at Chapman is titled “Whither Happiness? When, How, and Why Might Positive Activities Boost Vs. Undermine Well-being.” The entire Chapman community is welcomed to attend.