Summary of Happiness by Design
From HAPPINESS BY DESIGN by Paul Dolan. Summarized by arrangement with Hudson Street Press, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC
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Behavioral Science Professor Paul Dolan defines happiness as “experiences of pleasure and purpose over time.” To become happier, pay attention to what makes you happy and do more of it. That advice sounds simple, but it can be hard to implement because your “mistaken desires, projections and beliefs” block your way to happiness. Another impediment to happiness are distractions, both from your internal thoughts and external environment. To pinpoint what makes you happy use the “day reconstruction method.” Record your daily activities and activity partners and rate each activity’s pleasure and purpose on a numerical scale. Dolan’s psychological terminology can be daunting, but he provides a unique perspective on happiness and its meanings. getAbstract recommends his conclusions to academics interested in happiness and to anyone seeking greater joy and fulfillment.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why experiencing happiness requires both pleasure and purpose,
- What can impede happiness, and
- How to be happier.
About the Author
International expert on happiness, behavior and public policy Paul Dolan, PhD, is a Professor of Behavioral Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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1 year agoInteresting
2 years agoIt doesn't make me happy that of those people in the study, the activity that was most pleasurable with least purpose was watching TV. I wish it was something involving self-reflection instead of disconnection.
2 years agoInsightful.