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Varying DatesSelection of video clips; click here to view

2021-present: Mission Joy: Finding Happiness in Troubled Times, Netflix, Amazon Video, etc.

1/7/24: The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper: Miracle on the Hudson, CNN & Max.

9/6/21: The Hidden Brain podcast, with Shankar Vedantam, “Where Happiness Hides”; click here to listen

8/24/21: The Mindful Wealth podcast, “Money Matters, But Not As Much As We Think It Does”; click here to listen

2/14/21: Voice of America “Central News”; click here to watch

2/10/21: Seneca Women Podcast Network, iHeart Radio, “Here’s Something Good”; click here to listen

1/6/21: Spiritual Asshole podcast, with Brendan Fitzgibbons, “You Get Happier With Age”; click here to listen

11/4/20: CUNY-TV (NYC), “Simply Science”; click here to watch

10/9/20: “Chasing Happiness,” WHYY (Philadelphia); click here to listen

7/16/20: “Central Time,” Wisconsin Public Radio

4/29/20: The Economist Radio, Babbage podcast, “Beyond Immunity: What Can Help the Body Fight the Coronavirus”; click here to listen

4/25/20: CNBC Make It, “How Much Money Do You Need to Earn to Be Happy”; click here to watch

4/25/20: Positive Voices with Larry King and James Pawelski, “Coping With Covid”; click here to watch

4/24/20: On Wisdom podcast with Igor Grossman, “Pandemic Happiness”; click here to listen

4/16/20: BBVA (Spain) podcast; click here to listen

3/16/20: Voice of Islam; click here to listen

9/12/19: Pushkin Industries, The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos; click here to listen

6/13/19: Sirius XM 143/Salt Lake City 107.9 FM, “Top of Mind”; click here to listen

3/20/19: BBC North America, “BBC World News”

2/18/18: WROC-AM / Rochester, NY & WUTQ / Utica, NY; click here to listen

7/22/17: WRVO Public Media, “Take Care”; click here to listen

3/5/17: Michelle McQuaid; click here to listen

8/3/16: “Here We Are” with Shane Mauss, click here to listen

1/16/16: KNX-1070 / Los Angeles, Newsradio

1/16/16: WABC-AM / New York, “The Joan Hamburg Show”

10/7/15: RadioMD, “Naturally Savvy”; click here to listen

10/9/15: Radio Health Journal

8/6/15: BreakThru Radio, “Third Eye Weekly”; click here to listen

7/8/15: NBC-TV, “The Today Show”; click here to view

7/2/15: WILS-AM 1320 / Lansing, MI, “Capital City Recap”

12/10/14:  NPR, WHYY (Philadelphia), “Radio Times”; click here to listen

12/5/14: Talk 910 / San Francisco, CA

10/13/14: AM 770 / Calgary, CANADA, “Calgary Today”

7/25/14: CCTV-America, “Full Frame”; click here to watch

7/15/14: Slate, “The Gist”; click here to listen

6/15/14: CNN News; click here to watch

4/16/14:, “The Coaching Show”; click here and here to listen

3/1/14: KPFK-FM 90.7, “Free Forum With Terrence McNally”; click here to listen

2/7/14: WRVA-AM / Richmond, “Richmond’s Morning News”

2/5/14: Radio Satellite Tour — check local listings for:

2/4/14: WBZ-AM / Boston, “J Talking Radio Show”

10/22/13: WCEV / Chicago, “Radio Islam”; click here to listen

8/1/13: KUER-FM / Salt Lake City, “RadioWest”

4/29/13: AMI Media, “Contact”; click here to listen

3/9/13: WGBH 89.7, “Innovation Hub” with Kara Miller; click here or here to listen

3/7/13: AMAZ-TV, “Morning Scramble”; click here to view

2/21/13: KINK-FM 101.9, “Speaking Freely”; click here to listen

2/19/13: National Public Radio, “Morning Edition”; click here to listen

2/4/13: CBS Radio Network, “Science Today”

2/4/13: Sirius XM, “Michelangelo Signorile Show”

1/30/13: KATU-TV, “AM Northwest”; click here to view

1/27/13: “Big Think,” expert video; click here and here to view

1/27/13: “Nerd Your Way to a Better Life,” Advice Goddess Radio; click here to listen

1/23/13: WILS-AM 1320/ Lansing, MI, “Capital City Recap”

1/23/13: WCCO-AM/ Minneapolis, “The Nite Show”

1/21/13: FOX KTTV-LA, “Good Day L. A.”; click here to view

1/16/13: WPOC 93.1, “Laurie DeYoung Morning Show”; click here to listen

1/16/13: Radio Satellite Tour — check local listings for:

1/14/13: The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, “Conversations With Great Minds”; click here to view Part I and Part II

1/14/13: Wall Street Journal Radio Network, “Market Wrap with Moe”

1/10/13: Arthur Kade; click here to view

1/9/13: Southern California Public Radio, “AirTalk,” with Larry Mantle; click here to listen

1/7/13: WCHER 1520 AM, “Libby’s Luncheonette”

1/5/13: blogtalkradio, “Kardec Radio”; click here to listen

1/4/13: FOX-TV, “Fox & Friends”; click here to view

1/4/13: WPR, “Veronica Rueckert Show”

1/3/13: National Public Radio, “The Diane Rehm Show”; click here to listen and see transcript

1/2/13: NBC-TV, “The Today Show”; click here to view

10/11/12: ABC-TV, “Katie” (Katie Couric show); click here to view

7/19/12: BBC Radio 4’s “All in the Mind”; click here to listen

5/15/12: News Talk 650 CKOM (Saskatchewan, Canada), “The Richard Brown Show”

4/9/12: KCRW-FM Public Radio (Santa Monica, CA), Warren Olney’s “To The Point”

1/6/12: The Edge with Tom Smith; click here to listen

1/6/12: NBC-TV, “The Today Show”: click here to view

12/27/11: Newstalk 1010 (Toronto), “Live Drive”

12/25/11: blogtalkradio, “Advice Goddess Radio”; click here to listen

8/7/11: Al Jazeera English (TV)

6/3/11:, “Thrive!”

12/19/10: WFYI Public Radio (Indiana), “Sound Medicine”

11/6/10: KRNT 1350 AM (Des Moines), “The Unsecret Shopper”

10/30/10: KFWB 980 AM (Los Angeles), “Sound Advice”

10/8/10: Columbia radio affiliates, “Los Originales” radio show

10/6/10: Business Matters radio (Chicago), “Are We Better Off?”

9/17/10: Genesis Communications Network, “The Dr. Katherine Albrecht Radio Show”

5/28/10: WCPN 90.3 FM (Cleveland), “The Sound of Ideas”

5/9/10: SIRIUS Satellite Radio, “The Graham Bensinger Show”

4/20/10: Radio City 89.3 FM (BBC Ecuador)

4/10: WKNU 89.7 (Cincinnati National Public Radio)

4/9/10: SIRIUS Satellite Radio, “The Graham Bensinger Show”

4/5/10: “The Dr. Oz Show” (syndicated TV)

3/26/10: WNYC (NYC National Public Radio), “The Leonard Lopate Show”

3/2/10: “Think Fit” from; click here to listen

2/22/10: WLW Cincinnati, “The Early Morning Show with Jim Scott”

1/6/10: PBS documentary series “This Emotional Life”; click here to download and view

12/7/09: Science Today (CBS radio), “A Study Focuses on People’s Responses to Depression”; click here to listen

12/1/09: Radio Free Europe (Russian Service)

11/26/09: KGO radio (San Francisco/ABC) afternoon news

11/23/09: Charles Adler (14 stations in Canada) radio show

11/9/09: “The Dr. Oz Show” (syndicated TV)

10/31/09: Sirius Satellite Radio/XM, “Deepak Chopra’s Wellness”

9/4/09: WHRV 89.5 FM, “HearSay”

4/10/09: WPRO 99.7 FM/630 AM, “Positive Living”

1/2/09: KTLA Morning News (Channel 5)

12/26/08: KQED, Northern California Public Radio, “Forum”

12/11/08: Charles Adler (14 stations in Canada) radio show

7/16/08: CNBC-TV, “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch”

7/15/08: CAZT/Cable 13-TV Arizona, “Books That Matter”

6/26/08: CJAD Montreal & CFRB Toronto, “Holder Tonight”

5/2/08: KQED, Northern California Public Radio, “Forum”

4/17/08: Channel News Asia, “Primetime Morning”

4/5/08: American Public Media, “Weekend America”

4/3/08: Southern California Public Radio, “Patt Morrison”

4/3/08: 938LIVE, “Talkback & Breakfast Club”

3/24/08: CBS Radio Network, “Science Today”

3/17/08: Business Talk Radio, “The Business Shrink”

3/15/08: WFAS-FM, “Here’s to Your Good Health with Dr. Harris”

3/10/08: CBS Radio Network, “Science Today”

3/3/08: CBS Radio Network, “Science Today”

3/3/08: Southern California Public Radio, “AirTalk,” with Larry Mantle

2/27/08: WCBQ-WHNC-AM, “Alvin Jones Show”

2/24/08: KOIT-AM, “Positive Parenting,” with Armin Brott

2/22/08: Sirius Satellite Radio, “Be Happy Dammit”

2/22/08: KCBS-KCAL-TV, “12 Simple Steps To Be Happy”; click here to view

2/18/08: National Public Radio, “On Point”

2/18/08: CBS Radio Network, “Science Today”

2/15/08: Inspiration Network, “Danny Fontana Show”

2/15/08: Sirius Satellite Radio/XM, “Deepak Chopra’s Wellness”

2/11/08: Strand Media Group, “Something You Should Know”

2/11/08: CBS Radio Network, “Science Today”

1/31/08: Oprah & Friends XM 156, “The Jean Chatzky Show”

1/28/08: Sirius Satellite Radio, “Out Q in the Morning with Larry Flick”

1/27/08: “The Allen Hunt Show”

1/19/08: Sirius Satellite Radio, “Outdoor Fitness with Tina Vindum”

1/11/08: ABC-TV, “20/20”; click here to view

1/9/08: ABC News NOW

1/9/08: ABC Radio Satellite Tour — check local listings for:

1/8/08: ABC-TV, “Good Morning America”; click here to view

1/8/08: GMA Now


GQ –”How to Make Your Post-Pandemic Happiness Last

Washington Post –World Happiness Report Is Out, With a Surprising Picture of Global Resilience –There’s no getting ‘back to normal,’ experts say. The sooner we accept that, the better.”

La Nacion– “Coronavirus. Sonja Lyubomirsky: ‘La conectividad social de las personas es el factor mas relevante para la felicidad, incluso durante la cuarentena

Robb Report– “Money Can Buy You a Lot of Things, But Experts Say Happiness Isn’t Necessarily One of Them

Washington Post– “Go Ahead and Watch. Cute or Funny Animal Videos Can Be Good For You

Washington Post– A Father Learns the True Reward of Taking a Free Online Happiness Course With His Son

VOX –How to make this winter not totally suck, according to psychologists –”From the ‘Perfect’ Salary to Keeping Up With the Joneses, Here’s How Money Really Affects Your Happiness

New York Times –So You Had a Bad Day...”

Washington Post – “Extraverts Are Faring Surprisingly Well in Lockdown” (op-ed piece)

Atlantic, “The Renewal Project”– “How to Embrace Kindness and Gratitude in the Time of COVID-19

The Economist – “Immunity From Being Alone: Acts of Kindness Prevent a Downward Spiral From Solitude to Loneliness

Atlantic, “The Renewal Project”– “One Easy Way to Be Happier, From a Psychologist Who Studies Human Happiness

The New Daily– “How To Solve the World’s Problems? Change Everybody’s Personality

Washington Post– Does Happiness in Your 50s Signal the End of Ambition?

Yahoo– Why Walmart Secret Santas Give–and Why We Love Them For It

Forbes– Research Reveals 3 Reasons  Why Gratitude Is an Important Leadership Quality

Scientific American– Quiet Disadvantage: Study Finds Extroverts Are Happier–Even When They’re Really Introverts”

Bustle– 3 More Social Outings a Week Can Improve Happiness, Research Says

CNBC– “Introverts, Pretending to be an Extrovert Could Make You Happier

TODAY– Acting Like an Extrovert Has a Positive Effect on Happiness, Study Finds

Research Digest– Further Evidence That Acting Like an Extravert Can Boost Well-Being

Men’s Health– 6 Easy Ways To Actually Make Yourself  Happier

New York Times – What To Do When You’re Bored With Your Routines

Reader’s Digest– 8 Myths of Happiness You’ve Convinced Yourself Are True

FiveThirtyEight– Happy New Year! Your Resolutions Won’t Bring You Joy

Thrive Global– “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Is the Perfect Antidote to Forced Holiday Cheer”

SHAPE– “Five Ways You’re Practicing Gratitude Wrong

US News & World Report – The Hazards of Rumination for Your Mental and Physical Health

Bottom Line – “The Life-Altering Power of Gratitude to Make You Happy

Greater Good – The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2017

Medium – “Do Happiness Interventions Really Work?

Entrepreneur – 5 Actions You Can Take to Increase Your Happiness Quotient

Vocativ – “The Science of Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Won’t Make You Happier”

Press-Enterprise – “President Obama–Our Positive Psychologist-in-Chief” (op-ed piece)

USA Today – “Key to Money Happiness May Be In How You Spend It

TODAY – “12 Life Lessons to Increase Your Happiness in Your 30s–Or Any Age

Livemint – “The Pursuit of Workplace Happiness

TIME – Turns Out an ‘Emotional Vacation’ Was Just the Vacation I Needed

AARP Bulletin – “A Conversation With Sonja Lyubomirsky

Los Angeles Times –Can 1 Million Women Be Wrong About Happiness and Health?” (op-ed piece)

Inc. – Today’s Top 50 Leadership Innovators Changing How We Lead

Los Angeles Times – “Will an Optimist or a Pessimist Win in 2006?” (op-ed piece)

TIME – 4 Books That Will Make You Happy and Successful

Business Insider  – Here Are the Nation’s Top Thinkers on How to Be Happy, Improve Our Sex Lives, and More

Business Insider Australia – 2 Ways to Achieve a Lifetime of Happiness

Business Insider – The 15 Most Amazing Women in Science Today

Business Insider – 50 Groundbreaking Scientists Who Are Changing the Way We See the World

New York Times – Pursue Happiness, But in Moderation” (opinion piece)

The Washington Post – Skip the McBurger and Other Simple Ways to Boost Your Mood”

Yo Dona – “Los Beneficios de la Bondad

Bloomberg Businessweek – “What I Wear To Work: Psychology Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky

Lufthansa Magazine – Interview mit Sonja Lyubomirsky

New York Times How to Gladden a Wealthy Mind

The American Scholar – “Thanks for the Gratitude: But What’s the Upside for the Curmudgeon?

Vanidades – “Construe Tu Felicidad

TIMEThe 8 Things the Happiest People Do Every Day

Live Happy “Breaking the Happiness Myths”“Why People in Louisiana Are So Happy (and How You Can Be Too)”

Rewire MeFascinating Findings at the ‘Leading to Well-Being’ Conference

The Huffington Post9 Ridiculously Simply Ways to Feel Happier Today

EnterpreneurSmile! 5 Books to Celebrate International Day of Happiness

La Jolla Light – “Don’t Worry, Be Happy! Psychologist Offers Insights on the Joy of Living at UC San Diego’s Stein Institute for Research on Aging in La Jolla

Kansas City Star5 Books To Help You Reach Your Goals For 2014

Greater Good Magazine – “The Top 10 Insights from the ‘Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2013

GEO Magazine Nach Glück zu Streben? Sinnlos!

Stanford Report Stanford 2013 Roundtable Panelists Demystify the Secrets of Happiness

Yahoo! Four Ways to Get Happy Right Now

SUCCESS – “Six Happiness Myths

The ColoradoanA Life Not Lived Might Bring the Most Regret of All”

WorldLifestyle – “10 Zen Blogs You’ll Love

New York Magazine – “Scientists Still Searching for Proof That Kids Make Us Happy

Revista Claudia – “5 Mitos Que Sabotam A Sua Felicidade

TIMEDo Children Bring Happiness–Or Misery?” (op-ed piece)

Toronto Star – “A Meditation on Happiness in the Wake of Fear

New York TimesHappiness Inc.”

Zócalo Public Square – “Squaring Off: Happiness is a Big Fat Lie

TIMEHow to Keep Up With Your Kids: Tips for Older Dads

Los Angeles Review of Books – “Getting Happier: Three Books on Happiness

Oakland TribuneAuthor Dispels ‘Myths of Happiness” in Berkeley Talk – “Self-Help Advice You Haven’t Heard Before

US News & World ReportActs of Kindness Can Make You Happier

The StarReview of The Myths of Happiness

Business Week“A 30 Rock Guide to Workplace Happiness”

USA Today“Are Parents Happier? Dads May Be, But Not Moms, Singles”

New York Times“That Loving Feeling Takes a Lot of Work”

The Week“Sonja Lyubomirsky’s 6 Favorite Books”

US News & World Report“How to Turn Life’s Challenges into Positive Outcomes”

New York TimesWhy Aren’t People Happier During the Holidays?: Fantasy vs. Reality” (op-ed piece)

Publisher’s Weekly“Pay Attention: Be Happy: PW Talks with Sonja Lyubomirsky”

ZolaZola Q & A: The Myths of Happiness

BookPage –”Making Choices for a Happier You”; click here to download PDF

People Magazine – “I’ll Be Happy When…”; click here to download PDF

Spirituality & Health“Two New Books on Finding Real Joy in Relationships”“7 Secrets to a Super-Happy Winter”

New York Times“New Love: A Short Shelf Life” (op-ed piece)

Aquarius – “7 Ways to Lasting Happiness

TIMEParents (Especially Dads) Are Happier Than Their Childless Pals

MSNBC – “Parents Are Happier Than Non-Parents

EconomistThe Joys of Parenthood

US News & World ReportWith Depression, Helping Others May In Turn Help You

Reform Judaism – “Happiness Rx: What Science Says” (cover story)

Forbes Do You Know How to Mix Happiness and Business? – “Finding the Road to Happiness

The Observer (Guardian) – “The 10 Best Self-Help Gurus

Christian Science Monitor You Bought It. Are You Happy?

The Press-Enterprise UCR Researchers To Study Generosity

The Ottawa Citizen – “The Tao of Happy Kids

The Jerusalem PostMoving Forward: Thanks For Your Gratitude

The Plain DealerLook in the Mirror and Summon Forth a New You

Calgary Herald – “Cranky or Content: Wealthier Canadians Happier

US News & World ReportThe Science of Workplace Happiness –”Hey Grumpy Parents! You Can Learn Happiness

Cincinnati Enquirer –”Key to Happiness? Check Your Genes

Riverside Press EnterpriseHappy, Despite It All” (op-ed piece)

NRC HandelsbladGeluk is…je geld uitgeven aan fijne dingen”

San Bernardino Sun – “UCR Professor Creates Happiness App for the iPhone

Forbes – “Why Positive Thinking May Be Overrated

Saturday Evening Post Know Your Wants From Your Needs

The Guardian – “How to Feel Up in a Downturn

The Chronicle of Higher EducationAn Intellectual Movement for the Masses

TIME  – “20 Ways To Get and Stay Happy

TIME  – “The Science of Happiness Turns 10. What Has It Taught? 5 Ways to Practice Gratitude: An Interview with Sonja Lyubomirsky

US News & World Report How Positive Psychology Can Increase Your Happiness – “Learning To Be Happy in Tough Economic Times

Realtor MagazineDon’t Worry, Be Happy

US News & World Report – “10 Secrets to Finding Happiness During the Recession

CBS – “Feeling Up When the Economy’s Down

Womansday.comHow Facebook Can Boost Your Well-Being

MSN MoneyLittle Things That Make You Feel Rich

US News & World Report – “5 Ways To Be Happy in a Recession

San Francisco ChronicleCheer Up – You Can Learn To Be Happy

Yahoo! Finance — “Fight Off Your Financial Demons

Forbes – “Ten Ways To Be Happier Now

The Hamilton Spectator Happy New Year! If…

Riverside Press EnterpriseSmiles Give Leadership Clues” (op-ed piece)

Science TodayHow Often Do You Count Your Blessings?

Mente & Cerebro (Brazil) — A Pesquisador da Felicidade

New York Times — Why We’re Still Happy” (op-ed piece)

Readers Digest (Australia) — “Why Kindness is Good For You

USA Today – Researcher: Techniques Can Boost Happiness”

Los Angeles Times – After the Tragedy: Vent? Not Necessarily”

The News-Press – “Stress for Success”

The National – Living in the Laps of Luxury”

Greater Good –No Quick Fix for Happiness”

The Coloradoan – “Not Optimistic? Actions a Gateway to Happiness”

The News & Advance – Measuring Your Life’s Happiness”

AOL Life & Style – How To Be Happy”

Monitor on Psychology – “The happiness diet”

The New York Review of Books – “Are You Happy?

New York Daily News – “Taking Control of Your Half of Happiness

The Korea Times – “How to be Happy, the Scientific Way

ForbesHappiness Is in the Genes

New ScientistGive Away Your Money and Be Happy

The Boston Globe – “Money Makes You Happy — If You Spend It On Others

The Guardiancolumn on happiness

Reader’s Digest – “The Way to Happiness

Sunday Express – “Seven Steps to New Year Happiness

Psychology TodayBookshelf: Money, Happiness, and Sex

The Press-EnterpriseUCR Professor Takes Scientific Approach to Happiness

Newsweek“The ‘How To’ of Leading a Happy Life”

US News & World ReportQ & A with Sonja Lyubomirsky

Parade Magazineincluded in “Parade Picks” under “Dare to be great”

Good Housekeepingarticle on finding happiness

San Francisco Chronicle Magazinearticle on happiness and parenting

Chicago Tribune reviewed in “5 Things We Learned From…” column

The New York Timesarticle on gratitude journals

New York Daily Newsarticle on the “classic” self-help books

The Wall Street Journal – “The Pursuit of Happiness

Santa Monica Daily PressBook review

The Globe & MailBook review

The Toronto Star Research Shows Gratitude a Positive Force

The Star-Ledger – “How to Be Happy: Research Shows People Have Power to Change Emotions

FashionGlee Club

Los Angeles Times – “How a ‘Happiness’ Guide Helped One Topanga Canyon Family

Los Angeles Times Recent Self-Help Books on Happiness

Los Angeles Times A Guide to Enhancing Happiness

Los Angeles Times – “The Science of Happiness

Money Magazine – “21 Ways to Stomach a Sour Market

Self – “Create your own happy-life list!