Our mission is to inform decision makers of the causes and effects of human happiness, make subjective well-being part of the public policy debate, and improve quality of life for citizens across the world. Learn more
IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE
BY EXPLORING HUMAN HAPPINESS
THE HAPPY DANES
Denmark often ranks as the happiest country in the world. This report by the Happiness Research Institute explains the reasons behind the high level of happiness among the Danes. Download the report
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MEASURING WHAT MATTERS
The town of Dragør just outside Copenhagen, Denmark, have worked together with The Happiness Research Institute to have a closer look at the status and potential for happiness, satisfaction and quality of life.
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THE FACEBOOK EXPERIMENT
DOES SOCIAL MEDIA AFFECT THE QUALITY OF OUR LIVES?
When we evaluate our lives, we are influence by social comparisons. The Happiness Research Institute therefore tested the effect on life satisfaction when a randomised trial group did not log on to Facebook for one week.
ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Happiness research is applicable in range of different situations. The Happiness Research Institute empowers cities, communities and government to develop strategies to achieve greater subjective well-being for their citizens. Learn more
KEYNOTES, PANELS AND ROUNDTABLES
The Happiness Research Institute helps shape the agenda and qualify the debate. We would love to speak at your event too.
WHAT IS THE LINK BETWEEN WELL-BEING AND ENVIROMENTALISM?
The World Happiness Report noted that the tools of happiness research have the potential to recast the debate between economic growth and environmental protection, This report from The Happiness Research Institute explores the links between happiness and environmental sustainability. Download the report
WORLD HAPPINESS REPORT 2016 PUBLISHED
COMMISIONED BY THE UNITED NATIONS
Published by Earth Institute at Columbia University and commissioned by the United Nations, the World Happiness Report measures happiness around the world. The report reflects a worldwide political interest in hapiness and a demand for more attention to happiness and absence of misery as criteria for government policy.
"We will start measuring our progress as a country not just by how our economy is growing, but by how our lives are improving, not just by our standard of living, but by our quality of life."
5 TRENDS FOR 2015
WHERE IS HAPPINESS HEADING?
What are policy makers up to around the world when it comes to subjective well-being? The Happiness Research Institute maps five current trends.
PUBLICATIONS, EXPOS AND ARTICLES
The Happiness Research Institute produce reports, books, expositions, articles and Op-Eds on subjective well-being, happiness and quality of life.
All our work is freely available.
CROWDFUNDING A REPORT ON...CROWDFUNDING
The Happiness Research Institute aims to produce a report that explores the link between happiness and altruism - financed exclusively through crowdfunding. Learn how you can help
”An increasing body of evicence has shown that subjective well-being can be measured in surveys, that such measures are reliable, and that they can inform policy making."
- OECD, Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being
MEIK WIKING, CEO,THE HAPPINESS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
In this Ted-talk Meik Wiking explains how to measure happiness, how social comparisons impact our quality of life and why happier countries may risk having higher suicide rates.