Welcome to the Personality and Well-being Lab.

PWB Lab in the News:

Radio Interviews:

OPB's Think out loud (9 December 2014): Exploring The Psychology Of Buying.

Radio National's Talking Shop (8 July 2014): Can money buy happiness? 

Marketplace Money (25 April 2014): How to financially invest in happiness.

Radio New Zealand National's Nine to noon (21 August 2013): How spending choices affect happiness.

npr's Science Friday (25 December 2009): For happiness, spend money on experiences.

Book Mentions:

Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us—and How to Fight Back

Dr. Ryan T. Howell, Associate Professor of Psychology, SFSU.

Have you ever spent money on something that didn't make you as happy as you thought it would? If so, you're not alone. Is it possible to become happier by changing your spending habits? Fortunately, the answer is yes and by taking our money, happiness, and personality tests we will help you learn how your consumer choices affect your happiness.
Dr. Ryan T. Howell is an Associate Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University and a co-founder of BeyondThePurchase.OrgHe received his Ph.D. in Personality Psychology from the University of California, Riverside (2005). He is the director of The Personality and Well-Being Lab at SFSU where their primary aim is to communicate to scientists and society about how development, personality, motivation, values, beliefs, forecasts, and community interact with a person's economic conditions and financial decision-making to influence experienced quality of life--from suffering to flourishing.

He has authored more than 30 scholarly publications in a number of leading academic journals, including Psychological Bulletin, and his research has been covered in media outlets such as the Time magazine, the New York Times, PBS (this emotional life), Forbes, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Salon.com, AARP.com, CNN.com, FoxNews.com, and he has appeared on National Public Radio, Radio New Zealand, and ABC 7 News. He has written extensively on happiness, psychological needs satisfaction, experiential consumption, time perspectives, and money management.