Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life

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Penguin Books, 2014 - Happiness - 235 pages

As a Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics, Dolan conducts original research into the measurement of happiness and its causes and consequences, including the effects of our behaviour. Here he creates a new outlook on the pursuit of happiness - it's not just how you feel, it's how you act. Happiness by Design shows that being happier requires us to actively re-design our immediate environment. Enough has been written on how to think happy.Happiness by Design is about how to behave happy and how to incorporate the most recent research findings into our everyday lives.

'Dolan is especially illuminating when it comes to bigger life-choices, and how to get reliable feedback on what will truly make you happy...... Dolan makes a persuasive case that happiness might really be simple. His book is a powerful reminder not to get caught up in overthinking things, but to focus instead on maximising what actually delivers joy...... and most of us would benefit from listening to him' Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian

'He is part of a wave of social scientists whose discoveries at once confound your expectations and provide an appreciable way of acting on that knowledge. It's self-help for pseuds, in other words, in the best traditions of Kahneman's own Thinking, Fast and Slow, or Nudge- Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler, and full of facts that make you go- 'Huh.' Richard Godwin, London Evening Standard

'Dolan's book is aimed at the lay reader who wants to be more cheerful without recourse to airy-fairy notions of spirituality or philosophy...... ' Rowan Pelling, The Telegraph

'Dolan ranks high enough in the happiness stakes to be considered a trustworthy guru' The Sunday Times interview

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About the author (2014)

Paul Dolanis an internationally renowned expert on happiness, behaviour, and public policy. He is currently a Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics. He has been a visiting research scholar at Princeton University, where he worked closely with Daniel Kahneman. Among various other roles, he is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences Panel on measuring national well-being, a member of the National Wellbeing Advisory Forum for the Office for National Statistics in the UK, and is Chief Academic Advisor to the UK Government on how policymakers should value the impact of goods that are hard to measure, like health

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