219: Paul Dolan on Designing Your Life for Happiness

Released Wednesday, 28th February 2018
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Paul Dolan is a Professor of Behavioral Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He's an expert on human behavior and happiness. Paul is also the author of the best selling book, Happiness By Design: Change What You Do Not What Y…. We all want happiness in our lives yet happiness is something that so often eludes most people. It seems like a feeling that happens to us rather than a feeling that we can cultivate with intention. In this interview, Paul teaches some really practical, research-based, action-oriented approaches to life that we can take today to increase our feelings of happiness. The first step? Listen to this informative and interesting interview.
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In This Interview, Paul Dolan and I Discuss...
  • The Wolf Parable
  • His book, Happiness By Design: Change What You Do Not What Y…
  • The power of designing your environment
  • Find a balance of purpose and pleasure and you have a happy life
  • How a large part of how you feel is connected to what you do
  • The role of attention in happiness
  • What we think would make us happy vs what does make us happy
  • That we're not very good at predicting what will make us happy
  • The AREA model
  • How we must make sense of what's happened in order to adapt to it
  • Key to happiness is also to pay more attention to what makes you happy and less attention to what doesn't make you happy
  • Why somethings that are so obvious are so often overlooked
  • If you can't change what you do, change what you pay attention to in the experience
  • If you want to do something, make it easy for yourself to do it
  • Less about willpower and more about design power
  • Habit loops
  • Queuing your environment, commitment and norm
  • Deciding, Designing and Doing
  • If you want to do something, make it easy. If you don't want to do something make it hard

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