• Lyubomirsky, S., Layous, K., Chancellor, J., & Nelson, S. K. (in press). Thinking about rumination: The scholarly contributions and intellectual legacy of Susan Nolen-Hoeksema. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. 
  • Nelson, S. K., Della Porta, M. D., Jacobs Bao, K., Lee, H.C., Choi, I., & Lyubomirsky, S. (in press). “It’s up to you”: Experimentally manipulated autonomy support for prosocial behavior improves well-being in two cultures over six weeks. The Journal of Positive Psychology. 
  • Nelson, S. K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (in press). Juggling family and career: Parents’ pathways to a balanced and happy life. To appear in Page, K., Burke, R., & Cooper, C. (eds.), Flourishing in life, work, and careers. London, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • Nelson, S. K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (in press). Gratitude. To appear in Friedman, H. S. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mental Health. Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
  • Nelson, S. K., Kurtz, J. L., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2015). What psychological science knows about achieving happiness. In S. J. Lynn, W. O’Donohue, & S. Lilienfeld (Eds.), Health, happiness, and well-being: Better living through psychological science (pp. 250-271). New York: Sage.


  • Nelson, S. K., Fuller, J. A. K., Choi, I., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). Beyond self-protection: Self-affirmation benefits hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 998-1011
  • Nelson, S. K., Kushlev, K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). The pains and pleasures of parenthood: When, why, and how is parenthood associated with more or less well-being? Psychological Bulletin, 140, 846-895.
  • Nelson, S. K., Kushlev, K., Dunn, E. W., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). Parents are slightly happier than nonparents, but causality still cannot be inferred: A reply to Bhargava, Kassam, and Loewenstein (2014). Psychological Science, 25, 303-304
  • Nelson, S. K. & Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). Finding happiness: Tailoring positive activities for optimal well-being benefits. In M. Tugade, M. Shiota, & L. Kirby (Eds.), Handbook of positive emotions (pp. 275 – 293). New York: Guilford.


  • Nelson, S. K., Kushlev, K., English, T., Dunn, E. W., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2013). In defense of parenthood: Children are associated with more joy than misery. Psychological Science, 24, 3-10.
  • Layous, K., Nelson, S. K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2013). What is the most optimal way to deliver a positive activity intervention? The case of writing about one’s “best possible selves.” Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 635-654.  
  • Peréz-Edgar, K., Kujawa, A., Nelson, S. K., Cole, C., & Zapp, D. J. (2013). The relation between electroencephalogram asymmetry and attention biases to threat at baseline and under stress. Brain and Cognition, 82, 337-343


  • Layous, K., Nelson, S. K., Oberle, E., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2012). Kindness counts: Prompting prosocial behavior in preadolescents boosts peer acceptance and well-being. PLOS ONE, 7, e51380.
  • Cole, C., Zapp, D., Nelson, S. K.& Pérez-Edgar, K., (2012). Speech presentation cues moderate frontal EEG asymmetry in socially withdrawn young adults. Brain and Cognition, 78, 156-162
  • Martin-Krumm, C., Lyubomirsky, S., & Nelson, S. K. (2012). Psychologie positive et adaptation: Quelle contribution? [What is the contribution of research in positive psychology and hedonic adaptation?] In C. Tarquinio & E. Spitz (Eds.), Psychologie de l’adaptation (pp.333-354). Bruxelles: De Boeck.

2009 – 2011 

  • Schiffrin, H. H., Rezendes, D., & Nelson, S. K(2010). Stressed and happy? Investigation of the relationship between happiness and perceived stress. Journal of Happiness Studies, 11, 33-39.
  • Falkenstern, M., Schiffrin, H. H., Nelson, S. K., Ford, L., & Keyser, C. (2009). Mood over matter: Can happiness be your undoing? The Journal of Positive Psychology, 4, 365-371.
  • Nelson, S. K., & Schiffrin, H. H. (2009). Happy people don’t follow the stereotype: The impact of mood on stereotyping. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 14, 148-157.