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Happiness by Design - with Paul Dolan

Action for Happiness

Monday, 15 December 2014 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GMT)

Happiness by Design - with Paul Dolan

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Happiness By Design - with Paul Dolan

Join us for an enlightening and entertaining evening with Paul Dolan as he combines happiness research and behavioural science to show how happiness is less about how we think and more about how we act.

Paul describes happiness as a combination of our experiences of pleasure and purpose. He shows that by "deciding, designing and doing", we can overcome the biases that make us unhappy and redesign our lives for greater happiness.

Does having children make us happy? Should we change our job to be happier? Dolan explores these and other questions - and offers practical advice on how we can each find our own unique balance between pleasure and purpose.

"Outstanding, cutting-edge, and profound. If you’re going to read one book on happiness, this is the one" ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb (author of The Black Swan)

"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… and most of us would benefit from listening to him" ~ Oliver Burkeman (The Guardian)

"Bold and Original" ~ Daniel Kahneman (Nobel prize-winning psychologist)

Praise for Paul Dolan's book Happiness by Design

About The Speaker

Paul Dolan is Professor of Behavioural Science in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is an internationally renowned expert on happiness, behaviour and public policy and author of Happiness By Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life, published by Allen Lane.

Location and Timings 

This event will take place at Conway Hall in central London on Monday 15 December 2014. Doors will open at 18:30 and the event will start at 19:00


This event is in support of Action for Happiness. We want to make it accessible to as many people as possible, so rather than charging a fixed fee we're instead asking you to make a donation. It would be great if you could donate £15, but if you can spare more, or feel unable to give that much, then please give what you feel is appropriate.

Any funds raised (beyond the costs of the event) will contribute directly to Action for Happiness' work relating to growing the movement and supporting local action groups relating to happiness and well-being. Action for Happiness is part of the Young Foundation, a Registered Charity (274345) in England and Wales.

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When & Where

Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
WC1R 4RL London
United Kingdom

Monday, 15 December 2014 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GMT)

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Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to creating a happier society by making positive changes in their personal lives, homes, workplaces and communities. Join the movement, be the change.

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