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' 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 lifeHappiness isn't what you're told It's what you. Based on the description for this book I thought I was going to be reading a self help book But instead I found it to be like a text book for academics on the subject of happiness complete with graphs or in the case of my kindle ARC no graphs which wasn t helpful I can only assume if you buy the kindle edition there will be graphsI was off to a bad start with this book when the author proclaimed that as an LSE professor he was not expected to swear He then goes on to say that there is no correlation to swearing being due to poor vocabularyand or low intelligence There is however evidence to suggest that students pay attention to a teacher who swears That s my exclamation point The author then says that swearing is only ever harmful when it is aggressive or abusive and proceeds to litter the book with swearing as if to prove his point This I found unnecessary and crude and felt it didn t help me learn in the slightestThe book carries this rather sanctimonious attitude throughout and really I felt I was being preached at Yes there are studies in the US and UK reported with x results but we all know about statistics I thought this book was going to be a little bit real life than uoting research at meAt the beginning of each chapter you are asked two uestions about yourself and then the same two uestions thinking about them in relation to a friend at the end of each chapter the conclusion is then revealed When I wrote papers my conclusion had to be a paragraph succinct sum up what I had written Unfortunately the conclusions in this book were so long winded and over many pages that I lost the point of the conclusion There were a few glimpses of things that I thought now this is interesting but they passed and in the main I found the book unappealing If you are going to be writing a thesis I can imagine you will find plenty of material to uote in this book If you are just someone interested in being happier maybe look up the art of hyggeI m giving this book 3 out of 5 stars

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Happy Ever After Escaping the Myth of the Perfect Life Escaping the Harmful Stories about How to Live

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 harm than goodIn Happy Ever After bestselling happiness expert Professor Paul Dolan draws on gro. Dolan writes about how the dominant social narratives restrict our idea of what we have to do with our lives and suggests that sometimes happiness is to be found outside of them His topics include education wealth marriage and children Some of the statistics he uotes are truly arresting eg twice as many people in the US compared to the UK are seemingly willing to be miserable in order to be wealthy

Paul Dolan ↠ 5 Summary

Undbreaking research and data to bust the common myths about happiness and show that the path to fulfilment is actually far unexpected than we thought With straight talking wisdom he invites us to reappraise our values free our minds from the 'narrative traps. The claims is Some common beliefs of what leads to happiness held by society just aren t backed up by data Duh


10 thoughts on “Happy Ever After Escaping the Myth of the Perfect Life Escaping the Harmful Stories about How to Live

  1. says:

    Happy Ever After by Paul Dolan is a book about uncovering myths about a perfect life These myths also known as the happiness narrative are what we tend to think what makes us happy but often we are better off aban

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    Dolan writes about how the “dominant social narratives” restrict our idea of what we have to do with our lives and suggests that sometimes

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    I read this because I saw the article on The Guardian about how the book talks about how single child free women tend to be happiest However this was only a smaller part of a wider discussion about happiness nar

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    Don't get married don't have kids party hard eat fat and get fat settle down at 75k per annum Not that I don't find some of it appealing But a it's one man's vision of happiness and not a recipe and b it misses out on so muc

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    The claims is Some common beliefs of what leads to happiness held by society just aren’t backed up by data Duh

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    A book by a behavioural scientist whose main theme is to bring out the extent to which our life choices and desires career wealth family health charitable giving etc are freuently conditioned by “social narratives” that is cultural assumptions and expectations that may actually not correspond to what makes for happiness The book adopts a “utilitarian” standpoint what makes for greater happiness and argues that

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    45 starsThis book is a fascinating read and an excellent chance for self and societal reflection While I found the introduction very academic it’s been a long time since I used the word deontological the rest of the book gave a broad overview of the societal stories we continue to tell ourselves It doesn’t s

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    Based on the description for this book I thought I was going to be reading a self help book But instead I found it to be like a text

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    Paul Dolan is a psychologist and this is an educated and well researched book but it is for everyone to read as it is truly fascinating We have a social norm set up for us and we strive to be happy by achieving that norm and woe betide you if you deviate in any way But Mr Dolan suggests that to be really happy we need to move from a culture

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    A fresh approach on social narratives that follow all of us through our lives In the western world we ought to be successful wealthy educated married with children healthy The list goes on and on But do those social narratives make us happy? Some might and some might not The book also points out how we are perm