Happy Ever After: Escaping The Myth of The Perfect Life

In his new book, Happy Ever After, bestselling happiness expert Professor Paul Dolan draws on a variety of studies covering issues such as wellbeing, inequality and discrimination to bust the common myths about our sources of happiness. He shows that there can be many unexpected paths to lasting fulfilment. Some of these might involve not going into higher education, choosing not to marry, rewarding acts rooted in self-interest and caring a little less about living for ever.

By freeing ourselves from the myth of the perfect life, we might each find a life worth living.

Order Happy Ever After here.

Happiness By Design

How can we make it easier to be happy? Using the latest cutting-edge research, Professor Paul Dolan reveals that wellbeing isn't about how we think - it's about what we do. By making deliberate choices that bring us both pleasure and meaning, we can redesign our lives for maximum happiness - without thinking too hard about it.

Talks & Videos


  • Prof. Paul Dolan on “Why SAGE needs education experts as well as scientists”

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  • Prof Paul Dolan on Nudgestock 2020: I’m pro young, not anti old. Why aren’t the responses to COVID-19 paying more attention to inequalities over the lifetime?

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  • Hay Festival Digital: Paul Dolan and Magdalena Skipper talk to Rosie Boycott

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