Paul Dolan


If you’re happy and you know it, well … perhaps it’s because of how you behave.

Paul Dolan is a social policy professor at the London School of Economics and, in his latest book, Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life, he lays out a blueprint for a new outlook on happiness — and how to embody it. His case, which draws on philosophy and economics, is rooted in an examination of our behaviour and the way it makes us feel, offering a direct and uncomplicated approach to emotional well-being. 

Dolan speaks with Bernard Salt about our culture’s current obsession with happiness. He discusses why thinking happy isn’t enough — and how we can each construct a route to contentment with practical, concrete solutions.


Portrait of Paul Dolan

Paul Dolan

Paul Dolan, PhD, is an internationally renowned expert on happiness, behaviour and public policy. He is currently Professor of Behavioral Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has been a visiting research scholar at Princeton University. He also advises the US National Academy of Sciences on measurement issues in happiness research.

Portrait of Bernard Salt

Bernard Salt

Bernard Salt is one of Australia’s leading social commentators. He heads The Demographics Group which provides specialist advice on demographic, consumer and social trends for business. Prior to that Bernard founded KPMG Demographics. He is perhaps best known for identifying and tagging new tribes and social behaviours such as the ‘Seachange Shift’, the ‘Man Drought’, and the ‘Goats Cheese Curtain’.  He was also responsible for popularising smashed avocados globally. 

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