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Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being, OECD, 2013


In order to measure progress in another way than through economical indicators, OECD has launched Better Life Initiative. Here, the OECD measures and maps life satisfaction in a number of countries. Furthermore, the OECD has published guidelines for research in order to standardize happiness surveys.



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Sustainable Happiness, The Happiness Research Institute, 2015


The World Happiness Report 2012, commissioned by the United Nations, noted that the tools of happiness research have the potential to recast the debate between economic growth and

environmental protection. Moreover, it calls for an exploration of the established links between happiness and environmental sustainability. This report is an attempt to answer that call.



The Happy Danes, The Happiness Research Institute, 2014


Denmark is often named the world’s happiest country. But what are the reasons for the high levels of happiness in Denmark?  For the first time, the reasons are explained in this comprehensive report. “The Happy Danes – Exploring the reasons behind the high levels of happiness in Denmark” explains how a strong civil society, a good work-life balance, and a high level of social security are causes of happiness.



The Happines Survey - Dragør 2013, The Happiness Research Institute, 2014


Together with the Happiness Research Institute, the town of Dragør, just outside Copenhagen, has published a happiness survey. Looking at different dimensions of happiness and quality of life among the citizens, this report identifies challenges and opportunities for the town to raise the level of subjective well-being among the citizens.



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World Happiness Report 2013, Earth Institute, Columbia University, 2013


In September 2013, Earth Institute at Columbia University presented the world's second Happiness Report. Besides updating the list from 2012 of happy countries with new numbers, it now also covers some of plausible reasons happiness is higher in some countries. It also covers potential tools for measuring, explaning and implementation of policies that makes people happier.  



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World Happiness Report 2012, Earth Institute, Columbia University, 2012


In April 2012, Earth Institute at Columbia Univesity presented the world's first happiness report at the UN in New York. The report was commissionen by the United Nations as a prelude to the first UN-conference on happiness. The report explains the work on happiness surveys of Great Britain, Bhutan and the OECD and maps the general state of happiness in the world. Furthermore, the report advances a series of policy recommendations.





European Happiness Equality Index, The Happiness Research Institute, 2015


Happiness rankings are usually based on averages. But one thing is the happiness average, another is how happiness is distributed. With this groundbreaking index – the first of its kind in the World - The Happiness Research Institute  would like to introduce the concept of well-being equality. We hope to improve the debate about equality and increase our understanding of the consequences of inequality in society.



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World Happiness Report 2015, Earth Institute, Columbia University, 2015


The third World Happiness Report includes chapters on how to design public policy when happiness is the goal and presents how well-being vary around the World by gender and Age. The report is also the first report, where Denmark doesn´t take top spot in the ranking.



Job Satisfaction Index 2015, The Happiness Research Institute, 2015


What drives well-being at work? Why are some employees happier than others? This report gives insight in how much our managers, results and our sense of purpose matter for well-being at work. Our jobs can - and should - be a source of joy, if workplaces are designed right. The study shows that we can now explain 71 percent of the differences in job satisfaction with six factors. The study was produced in a partnership among the trade union Krifa and The Happiness Research Institute.



The Facebook Experiment, The Happiness Research Institute, 2015


Does social media affect the quality of our lives? When we evaluate our lives, we are influence by social comparisons. How am I doing compared to my peers? Since social media is a constant flow of great news for other people, we wanted to conduct an experiment where a randomised trial group did not log on to Facebook for one week. This report presents the results of the experiment.



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