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Sonja Lyubomirsky: "The Myths of Happiness"

For many people, the holiday season and new year is a time to reflect on their well-being. We ask ourselves how happy we have been, and how we can find more happiness in the months to come. The answers seem straightforward: make more money, lose those extra pounds, find love, start a family. While these things may bring happiness for a time, chances are it will be fleeting. That’s according to Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychologist and expert in the science of happiness. In her new book, she says what should make us happy doesn't, but what shouldn't make us happy does. She joins us to talk about “The Myths of Happiness.”

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Excerpted from "The Myths of Happiness" by Sonja Lyubomirsky. Reprinted by arrangement with The Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. Copyright (c) Sonja Lyubomirsky, 2013.

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