People usually make two mistakes when it comes to their own happiness: First, they assume that happiness already exists, and they just have to go find it. Second, they equate happiness to other complicated problems, solvable through engineering the right formula. However, happiness is complex, and requires a different approach. In this episode, Arthur is joined by co-authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller Designing Your Life and co-founders of the Stanford Life Design Lab, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. Together, they share some insights from the world of design to help you build a life of happiness and meaning.


We’d love to hear from you! Write to us at or with your happiness questions.


Join The Art of Happiness Circle of Friends!


Happiness Survey: I’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on happiness and current practices to improve your well-being. If you can spare five minutes, I’d appreciate your participation in a short survey to help guide my future happiness work.  To get started, go to and click on the survey link. Thank you, friends.

References and further reading:

 Designing Your Life | Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

 Designing Your Work Life| Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Subscribe to The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks in Apple Podcasts (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in Apple Podcasts or by RSS feed.

Please Support Our Sponsors!

Athletic Greens




Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing.