Arts & Sciences

Bono debut book tackles strategies for happiness

‘When Likes Aren’t Enough: A Crash Course in the Science of Happiness’ released

From the WashU Newsroom

How can we be happier? In a world where stress, anxiety and bad days can easily overtake the good, happiness expert Tim Bono, lecturer in psychology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, strives to answer that question in his book, “When Likes Aren’t Enough: A Crash Course in the Science of Happiness.”

Bono’s book, published March 13, is a comprehensive primer in the relatively young field of positive psychology, with a particular focus on young adults. The book, which closely follows the structure of his popular, in-demand undergraduate course “Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness,” offers explanations of factors that contribute to happiness. It also serves as a practical guide on how to increase one’s own happiness.

“One of my priorities with the book was to provide an overview of the research that’s out there and also provide some practical strategies,” Bono said. “The student stories that are featured provide models that you can follow for starting a new exercise routine or managing your schedule to get more sleep.”For some, that might mean more sleep, a more regular exercise schedule or even practicing meditation or mindfulness. For others, that could be understanding concepts such as hedonic adaptation or mindsets — all of which Bono tackles while providing strategies on how to make small changes in our lives that can go a long way.

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