This is not just another happiness audiobook. 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 experiences of both pleasure and purpose over time and it 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:
Vividly rendering intriguing research and lively anecdotal evidence, Happiness by Design offers an absorbing, thought-provoking, new paradigm for fans of Stumbling on Happiness and The How of Happiness.
©2014 Paul Dolan (P)2014 Penguin Audio
While the book provides some interesting tips on nudging towards happiness, the philosophical part seems very light and poor. "Sentimental hedonism" is what it says: sentimental and hedonistic, just the two things on which our culture is already embedded in. The part about saliency is very interesting, however... The narration is monotonic.
Voracious reader on just about anything: both popular and esoteric.
Came upon just at the right time in my life. Contains sensible and practical truths that can easily be applied.
The revelation of happiness being an individual balance of pleasure and purpose was highly insightful, but subtle clues throughout reveal the biases of a liberal academic. How the author can rely, as often as he does, on evolution to understand why we're the way we are yet present that a more equal society is happier one is a bit ironic. Evolution exploits differences to make advancements which is perfectly counter to the push for equality. I appreciated that the author does caution the reader when there are confounds that may affect interpretation of some study results, but there are other places where he could do a better job of identifying where further research could shed light on causation rather than just offering his own opinion about it as the only one available.
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