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Misconceptions about what makes us happy


Narrator:                This is Science Today. After years of conducting scientific research on happiness, University of California, Riverside, psychologist Sonya Lyubomirsky realized that a lot of us have the wrong idea about what we think will make us happy.

Lyubomirsky:          And we also have the wrong idea of what we think will make us terribly unhappy. And so these are what I call the myths of happiness. So, one of these main myths is this idea that well, I'm not happy now, but I'll be happy when X, Y or Z happen. We have to understand that those things don't make us happy for as long or as intensely as we think they will. On the other side of the coin is that we often dread things that we think will make us forever unhappy. And research shows that people are remarkably resilient.

Narrator:                 Lyubomirsky outlines these findings in her new book, "The Myths of Happiness."

Lyubomirsky:          So, "The Myths of Happiness" is all science based and I think that makes it unique. The lessons aren't drawn from anecdotes; the lessons are drawn from science. I'm really talking about misconceptions that we have about what makes us happy and what makes us unhappy and I don't know currently, other books on the same topic.

Narrator:                 For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.