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Happy Ever After

Escaping the Myth of the Perfect Life
Narrated by: Paul Dolan
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Happy Ever After, written and read by Paul Dolan. 

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 more harm than good? 

In Happy Ever After, best-selling happiness expert Professor Paul Dolan draws on groundbreaking research and data to bust the common myths about happiness and show that the path to fulfilment is actually far more unexpected than we thought. With straight-talking wisdom, he invites us to reappraise our values, free our minds from the 'narrative traps' 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 life.

Happiness isn't what you're told. It's what you do.

©2019 Paul Dolan (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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Found on under the skin podcast

Listened to a Paul Dolan on Russell brands under the skin podcast which inspired me to give this a go. Fascinating content compelling and narrated brilliantly .

I wish the previous book was also narrated by the author.

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Generally good and mind opening but...

First of all I enjoyed it very much, it was fresh, open minded and genuine in general. We clearly need more books about social narratives because so many of us are simply not aware of it and accepting some of the "Truth" as absolute, which is war from the reality of life. However I couldn't help myself but feel that the author was pushing his audience into one social narrative of happiness and that is one and most important goal everyone should inspire to reach. Simply talking the message was that all of social narratives should be replaced with one - choose happiness because we all want to be happy! Yes, it sounds nice, I want to be happy and not miserable but I also know that it's impossible to stay happy all the time, I'd rather seek for fulfillment, peace of mind, purpose instead of smiling 24/7. Also swearing most of the times was completely unnecessary, I'm from working class too but that doesn't mean I have to use F**k as something obligatory...

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A brilliant read

Clear, incisive, entertaining and accessible. Really enjoyed this, and pretty much got through it in one sitting. Plenty to think about, and plenty to act on.

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Wonderful book!

I really enjoyed this book. As someone who doesn’t currently live at least one social narrative, this was a wonderful in-depth look at how we judge, and are judged by society. Happiness is definitely living the life you align with and we can all do with reflecting on the drive behind our life decisions. Great read!

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Interesting thoughts

Loved the book, some refreshing thoughts and ideas. Although the quality of the recording didn't seem as good as other books I have listened to for some reason? Still well worth a listen

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Wonderful book

Very interesting, well researched and very good to listen to.

Really gives understanding to a lot of unconscious processes.

I wish I had a lecturer like this author when I was at university as I would have loved classes!