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Achieving Sustainable Gains in Happiness: Change Your Actions, not Your Circumstances

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  • Sonja Lyubomirsky

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  • Kennon Sheldon & Sonja Lyubomirsky, 2006. "Achieving Sustainable Gains in Happiness: Change Your Actions, not Your Circumstances," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 7(1), pages 55-86, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jhappi:v:7:y:2006:i:1:p:55-86
    DOI: 10.1007/s10902-005-0868-8
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