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. 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.

Latest publication

We are excited to announce a new book by our CEO Meik Wiking: 

The Art of Making Memories
- How to create and remember happy moments 

Why is it that a piece of music, a smell, a taste can take us back to something we had forgotten? Some days pass us by without leaving a trace and some days we remember forever.

In his latest work, Meik Wiking brings together his extensive research drawn from the world's biggest study on happy memories (which involved 1000 people from 75 countries), conducted at the Happiness Research Institute, along with data and diaries, interviews, global surveys and studies, and real-life behavioural science and happiness experiments, to explain the nuances of nostalgia, the different ways we form memories around our experiences, and how we can become better at recalling them. 

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