Pursuing Happiness: The Architecture of Sustainable Change

  title={Pursuing Happiness: The Architecture of Sustainable Change},
  author={Sonja Lyubomirsky and Kennon M. Sheldon and David A. Schkade},
  journal={Review of General Psychology},
  pages={111 - 131}
The pursuit of happiness is an important goal for many people. However, surprisingly little scientific research has focused on the question of how happiness can be increased and then sustained, probably because of pessimism engendered by the concepts of genetic determinism and hedonic adaptation. Nevertheless, emerging sources of optimism exist regarding the possibility of permanent increases in happiness. Drawing on the past well-being literature, the authors propose that a person's chronic… 

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