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Publisher's Summary

Paul Dolan shows us how to find pleasure and purpose in everyday life.

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 redesign 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.

©2014 Paul Dolan (P)2014 Penguin Random House LLC

Critic Reviews

"Few books change one's life; in 48 hours this has improved mine.... Anyone who wonders if they are living their lives as fully as they might will find ideas worth thinking about in this engaging, persuasive book." ( The Sunday Times)
"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." ( The Guardian)

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  • rosemary
  • 01-20-16

Unhappiness by poor narration

Perhaps some of the ideas in the book were interesting but it was so hard to access the meaning by the abysmal narration. The narrator's voice was clear but he failed to use appropriate word and sentence stress and intonation so frequently that it masked the message and was incredibly irritating. It was like when a child reads aloud, pronouncing the words but not understanding the content. Absolutely dire! This experience has made me realise the importance of listening to a sample of an audio book before choosing it - the narrator plays such a crucial role in making it an enjoyable experience.

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  • Jackie Lawlor
  • 02-15-16

Interesting content but read in an uninspiring way

What did you like most about Happiness by Design?

Some interesting ideas that I will apply to my life. I believe there are PDF documents I can use although I haven't worked out how to find them yet.

Would you be willing to try another book from Paul Dolan? Why or why not?

Yes. Although I had to listen to this twice as I didn't enjoy it the first time around, mainly due to the dull narration.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Cowley?

The author himself

Any additional comments?

This is an instance where I would have probably enjoyed the written form of the book rather than it being narrated by someone other than the author, and so unsympathetically.

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  • Focus Ten
  • 02-06-17

Misguided

Read Hapiness Advantage instead, written by an actual psychologist. This book lacks all practical application and just has it the completly the wrong way around right from the subtitle. Ie its thoughts that change habits that chnage actions, not the other way around.

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  • Kirk
  • 02-06-16

Life changing - this is the best by far

At last here is a book that provides you with concrete explanations and processes which you can implement in your life so that you can Experience and Evaluate Happiness differently. This is not some hyped up American Self Help Guru who's going to make broad sweeping 'compact takeaways' of how to get superficially PUMPED up about your life and be a Positive Genuis etc.. Paul's academic and Policy background enables him to present a cohesive and fact based approach that's refreshingly realistic. I can't wait to read his other books

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  • John
  • 10-24-15

great book,well read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

this book is great for anyone who like understanding more about the human condition and likes arguments based on fact. some of the personal bits are tend to have a bit much of "im selling my idea " but in a way it makes it fit in with the self help style more than a technical report.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Cowley – was your favourite?

good job, it made me feel like it was the author telling the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, logical themes that made me want to hear the next interesting bit.

Any additional comments?

I liked this much better than your average self help book, it has sound research backing strong logic set in the quirky life of the author. :)