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Happy Ever After

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Paul Dolan

Society believes we should earn a high income, have a family, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, blindly fulfilling them can lead to unhappiness. Instead, focusing on your true passions and refusing to conform to society will make you happier for the rest of your life. As you make decisions in your own life, consider what you would want for your friends. Social narratives can be powerful influences. Therefore, consider your decisions in life as if they were the decisions of a close friend. For example, what would you prefer if your best friend had a choice between a miserable marriage and a single happy life? It is possible to achieve happiness by thinking this way instead of doing what society demands.

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hashtagpersonal-development
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In Happy Ever After (2018), we are encouraged to think about how social narratives shape our lives. The book makes us understand that many of the opinions we hold without thinking, such as the belief that we should work diligently and make more money or the aspiration to marry and have kids, may not lead to happiness. In addition, it suggests that each of us should discover a way to enjoy life truly.

Book summary

Society believes we should earn a high income, have a family, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, blindly fulfilling them can lead to unhappiness. Instead, focusing on your true passions and refusing to conform to society will make you happier for the rest of your life. As you make decisions in your own life, consider what you would want for your friends. Social narratives can be powerful influences. Therefore, consider your decisions in life as if they were the decisions of a close friend. For example, what would you prefer if your best friend had a choice between a miserable marriage and a single happy life? It is possible to achieve happiness by thinking this way instead of doing what society demands.

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Getting richer does not necessarily lead to happiness.

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Many highly successful people aren't really happy and would benefit from settling for less.

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Opposing infidelity rigidly does not lead to happiness.

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Although parenthood often leads to considerable stress, worry, and unhappiness, society endorses it.

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The concept of free will distorts our worldview.

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