The How of Happiness – Lyubomirsky

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In my MAPP (Master in Applied Positive Psychology) classes, we are getting more and more into the individualization of positive interventions. So I’d like to put a little shout-out for a great book that might help you choose your positive intervention.

The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky is probably the first mass-published book to ask you to take a “fit” test to determine which of the 12 listed (and empirically tested) positive interventions would be a good fit for you. If you don’t like writing, then you shouldn’t do a gratitude journal, for example, If you are not future-oriented, then you shouldn’t do exercises that require you to imagine your best possible future self.

In our MAPP classes, we have had to practice various positive interventions on ourselves and lead others through it. Readers of this blog will know that I’ve struggled on occasion with different interventions. Well when I did Lyubomirsky’s Person-Activity Fit Diagnostic, and went with my top score, it was an entirely different experience – very positive and one that I entered much more willingly and genuinely.

This coming Saturday November 6, I will be presenting at the ICF-GTA Annual Conference. My topic is Positive Psychology and I will be sharing implications and meaning for coaches. If you are in the Toronto area, please come and attend. It promises to be a great event!

And remember: I have a contest going on! Post a comment to this blog (not on the Facebook or LinkedIn, but on the actual website) and receive an entry to receive a 2010 personal agenda.

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3 Comments » for The How of Happiness – Lyubomirsky
  1. Hi Lisa – I’m so glad to hear that the “person-activity fit” diagnostic test worked well for you (!) and thank you for your kind words about my book. I have gotten quite a few emails about “fit” that tell me similar stories. I appreciate you telling others 🙂


  2. Good luck with the presentation on Nov 6th — sounds interesting!

  3. Dana says:

    Thanks for the book recommendation.. I struggle with the same thing, I’m anxious to see how it would change my experience.
    I’m in the Niagara area.. any idea how I’d find a coach locally?

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