Tim Bono

Assistant Dean and Lecturer in Psychology


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Bono’s teaching and research focus on positive psychology and college student development.

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Coping during coronavirus

Coping during coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has led to plenty of uncertainty. Tim Bono, assistant dean in Arts & Sciences and a lecturer in psychological and brain sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, offers tips for managing parts of life that are still under our control.
Six reasons social media is making you unhappy (and what to do instead)

Six reasons social media is making you unhappy (and what to do instead)

Social media has transformed the ways we connect with others. We’re able to get updates and learn information about others faster and easier than ever before. But just like any new development, it can backfire if it’s not used correctly. Let’s take a look at how it often ends up doing more harm than good—and what we can do instead to avoid its potentially damaging effects.
Fail Better with Tim Bono

Fail Better with Tim Bono

As a PhD student, Tim Bono submitted article after article to leading psychology journals and was rejected every single time. “No one thought I was making a substantive contribution,” he said. But that failure led Bono, now an assistant dean, to discover positive psychology, a field he loves to research and teach.


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When Likes Aren’t Enough

A Crash Course in the Science of Happiness

Filled with exciting research, practical exercises, honest advice, and quotes and stories from young adults themselves, When Likes Aren’t Enough is a master class for a generation looking for science-based, real world ways to feel just a little bit happier every day.