Happy Ever After: A Radical New Approach to Living Well

Happy Ever After: A Radical New Approach to Living Well

by Paul Dolan


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Be ambitious; find everlasting love; look after your health—there are countless stories about how we ought to live our lives. These narratives can sometimes make us happier too, but they can also trap us. Here, happiness expert Paul Dolan draws on a wealth of evidence to bust the common myths about our sources of happiness and shows that there can be many unexpected paths to lasting happiness. By freeing ourselves from the myth of the perfect life, we might each find a life worth living.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141984490
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Publication date: 04/01/2020
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 802,226
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Paul Dolan is a professor and department head at London School of Economics and Political Science, has been a visiting scholar at Princeton University, and is on the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Panel on measuring national well-being. He is the author of Happiness by Design.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part 1 Reaching

1 Wealthy 3

2 Successful 20

3 Educated 37

Wrapping Up Reaching 55

Part 2 Related

4 Married 61

5 Monogamous 85

6 Children 100

Wrapping Up Related 118

Part 3 Responsible

7 Altruistic 125

8 Healthy 142

9 Volitional 161

Wrapping Up Responsible 178

Conclusion 181

Notes 191

Acknowledgements 225

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