02/13/2015 08:25 am ET Updated Feb 13, 2015

How To Intentionally Design A Happier Life

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Most people assume that they know whether they are happy or not, but in reality, judging our own happiness can be very difficult. There is often a disconnect between what our brains are telling us and what we actually feel. "We tell stories about the things we think should make us happy, but sometimes, when we look a bit closer, we’re not really that happy at all," says Paul Dolan, a professor at the London School of Economics, a government policy advisor and one of the world’s leading happiness scholars. (Yes, that’s a real field of study.)

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