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.

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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


  • Looking ahead: Subjective time perception and individual discounting

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  • Quantifying the intangible impact of the Olympics using subjective well-being data

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  • Self-affirmation reduces the socioeconomic attainment gap in schools in England

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