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Ten Days in May

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at The Wheeler Centre

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.

At the Wheeler Centre, Dolan will speak with Bernard Salt about our culture’s current obsession with happiness. He’ll discuss why thinking happy isn’t enough — and how we can each construct a route to contentment with practical, concrete solutions.

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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. 

Ten Days in May

This May, join us as we welcome guests from Sydney Writers’ Festival to Melbourne.

You’ll meet genre-hopping writer Jonathan Lethem, find a clearer path to happiness with Paul Dolan, explore counterinsurgency and ethnography with David Kilcullen and Robert Manne, and catch up with international children’s publishing sensation David Walliams — often dubbed ‘the new Roald Dahl’.

Plus: hear from literary magician David Mitchell, delve into various beginnings with legendary playwright and novelist Michael Frayn, learn about the turning points in master biographer Claire Tomalin’s own life, and examine textual intimacy with Booker-winning poet and author Ben Okri.

Presented in partnership with Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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