Happy Ever After

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What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Happy Ever After written and read by Paul Dolan.

Get a good education, be successful, get married, have kids and look after your health. This is what we’re told will make us happy. But what if these stories are doing more harm than good?

In Happy Ever After, bestselling happiness expert Professor Paul Dolan draws on groundbreaking research and data to bust the common myths about happiness and show that the path to fulfilment is actually far more unexpected than we thought. With straight-talking wisdom, he invites us to reappraise our values, free our minds from the ‘narrative traps’ of conventional wisdom and write our own version of the good life, based on maximising positive, meaningful experiences that can generate new social benefits – not least greater tolerance for different ways of life.

Happiness isn’t what you’re told. It’s what you do.

Critics Review

  • [Praise for Happiness by Design] Dolan is especially illuminating when it comes to bigger life-choices . . . 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

    Guardian
  • [Praise for Happiness by Design] Outstanding, cutting-edge, and profound

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb, bestselling author of The Black Swan and Skin in the Game
  • A star

    Daniel Kahneman
  • [Praise for Happiness by Design] Few books change one’s life; in 48 hours this has improved mine

    Sunday Times
  • [Praise for Happiness by Design] The book that will make you quit your job

    New Statesman

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