Creating Happiness

by Angélica Ribeiro

About The Author

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I am the author of Running into Happiness: How My Happiness Habit Journal Created Lasting Happiness in the Midst of a Crazy-busy Semester and My Happiness Habit Journal. I wrote and published my book and journal as I completed my Ph.D. coursework and dissertation. You might wonder how I found time to do all that. It must have been one secret of creating a happier life—happiness makes us more productive.

I hold a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on English as a Second Language from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in Multicultural Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Also, I have a bachelor’s degree in Portuguese and English languages from the Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil, my home country. I have worked with English learners and preservice teachers in the United States and Brazil for over 20 years. Currently, I work as a Curriculum Specialist and a professor in higher education, and help others benefit from my happiness research.

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My happiness research helped me


• develop more self-knowledge;

• identify what makes me happier;

• take responsibility for my happiness;

• better control my stress;

• feel more courageous, especially when facing

  challenging situations;

• live a more purposeful and mindful life; and

• create long-lasting happiness.


I want you to benefit from my happiness research by sharing what I have learned from the science of happiness.

Benefits of Happiness

Happiness is more than feeling good. Research has shown that happy people

• are more creative;

• are more resilient;

• are more interested in others;

• are more likable;

• are more altruistic;

• are more productive;

• are more helpful;

• are friendlier;

• are healthier;

• are better prepared to handle difficult moments;

boost the happiness of those around them;

make better friends, colleagues, and citizens; and

have a positive mind, which increases intelligence,

  energy, and creativity.

The good news is that we can control some of our happiness. As Sonja Lyubomirsky alerted us in her book The How of Happiness, the difference among people’s happiness can be explained by their genetic makeup (50 percent), life circumstances (10 percent), and behavior (40 percent). It means that we may not be 100 percent in control of our happiness, but we can still control a great portion. It is up to us to spend the 40 percent that is in our control on choices that will lead us to a happier life. 


I am here to help you create more happiness in your everyday life.


Book & Journal

If you are like most people, you have a busy life juggling work, school, family, friends, and other commitments. Such a life may lead you to feel more stressed and less happy, especially because you may not even have time to find out how to cultivate happiness amid a busy life. Don’t worry. I did the work for you, with amazing results. Running into Happiness shows how you can consciously create happiness in your busy everyday schedule.

Based on the teachings of eminent positive psychologists, Running into Happiness shares my journey toward happiness while offering the tools I used to improve my mood, my energy level, and my life. You can find most of those tools in My Happiness Habit Journal. Following My Happiness Habit Journal helps you identify what makes you happy while developing self-knowledge and personal responsibility for your own emotions.

No one is happy all the time, but consciously working toward happiness increases how often we feel joy and contentment. 

Running Into Happiness

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My Happiness Habit Journal

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Shawn Achor
NYTimes bestselling author of Big Potential and The Happiness Advantage

Tal Ben-Shahar

Bestselling author of Happier, The Pursuit of Perfect, and Choose the Life You Want

Celestino Fernández

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona, 

International speaker on Happiness

Patricia Goodson

Professor at Texas A&M University and author of Becoming an Academic Writer

“Angelica Ribeiro’s book reminds us how changing our habits can powerfully change our response to the world. In the midst of all the anxiety and pressure we are seeing in education, we need more people like Angelica who help take positive research and bring it to life.”
“Angelica Ribeiro beautifully merges between the personal and the general, between storytelling and scientific evidence. This book is an accessible guide, a practical blueprint, to a happier life.”
“Angelica Ribeiro’s book is a clear and powerful testament to how working to become happier can change our lives for the better, as well as the lives of those around us.
The book and accompanying journal offer a straight-forward approach to becoming happier that others can easily follow.
Be happy and thrive!”
“Written by a brilliant graduate student, Angelica Ribeiro, for her peers (and for anyone else struggling to find happiness in routines and challenges), this book is a gem. It provides both a rare glimpse into academic training and a concrete tool box for establishing healthy mental and emotional habits."


Create Happiness in Your Everyday Life
by Managing Stress, Creating a Positive Mindset, and Building Good Habits

If you are like most people, you have a busy life juggling work, school, family, friends, and other commitments. Such a life may lead you to feel more stressed and less happy, especially because you may not even have time to find out how to cultivate happiness amid a busy life. Don’t worry. I did the work for you, with amazing results.


It is important to cultivate happiness because happiness is more than just a feeling. Research shows that, among other benefits, happiness can (a) increase your intelligence, creativity, productivity, work performance, and energy levels; and (b) reduce anxiety and stress levels. Having said that, this talk will teach you how to use research-based practical strategies to create happiness in your everyday life by managing stress, creating a positive mindset, and building good habits.


By consciously creating happiness in your busy everyday schedule, you will reduce stress and improve your performance to fulfill your commitments, including at work and at school.

Get in touch if you are interested in having me speak about creating happiness in everyday life.


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