A scientific approach to improving quality of life

The Happiness Research Institute is an independent think tank exploring why some societies are happier than others. The 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 overall quality of life for citizens across the world.

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Recent publications

Wellbeing Adjusted Life Years

A universal metric to quantify the happiness return on investment 

How can we produce the greatest happiness return for humankind? Would it be better to reduce loneliness, diabetes, or air pollution by 50%?  The Happiness Research Institute and Leaps by Bayer have developed a new impact metric to help provide answers to these questions.

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March 20, 2020 

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A happiness report overshadowed by COVID

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January 10, 2020

25 min video

Why are Scandinavians so happy?

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November 11, 2019

5 min read

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