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This is not just another happiness book. In Happiness by Design, happiness and behavior expert Paul Dolan combines the latest insights from economics and psychology to illustrate that in order to be happy we must behave happy. Our happiness is made up of experiences of both pleasure and purpose over time and depends on what we actually pay attention to. Using what Dolan calls deciding, designing, and doing, we can overcome the biases that make us miserable and redesign our environments to make it easier to experience happiness, fulfillment, and even health. With uncanny wit and keen perception, Dolan reveals what we can do to find our unique optimal balance of pleasure and purpose, offering practical advice on how to organize our lives in happiness-promoting ways and fresh insights into how we feel, including why:

  • having kids reduces pleasure but gives us a massive dose of purpose;
  • gaining weight won’t necessarily make us unhappier, but being too ambitious might;
  • a quiet neighborhood is more important than a big house.

Vividly rendering intriguing research and lively anecdotal evidence, Happiness by Design offers an absorbing, thought-provoking new paradigm for readers of Stumbling on Happiness and The How of Happiness.

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  • “Paul Dolan is a star among students of well-being. He brings to this field a rich experience in the economics of health and the measurement of health outcomes, an excellent sense for policy-oriented research, a deft psychological approach and an unusual ability to collect interesting data quickly and efficiently. He has earned the respect and admiration of colleagues in several disciplines and on both sides of the Atlantic.”

    Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow

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