Examples of our work

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 Happy Danes

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.

Sustainable Happiness

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.

The Facebook Experiment

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.

Job Satisfaction Index 2016

We partner with cities, governments and organisations

to set the agenda to improve quality of life.

We have explored why some employees are happier than others, why Denmark does well in the happiness rankings, how social media affect the quality of our lives.


The Happiness Research Institute also conducts evaluations for philanthropic foundations to determine which projects have the best ability to improve quality of life.


What we ideally do is we follow people over time, and see how changes in life circumstances impact the different dimensions of happiness. How does e.g. unemployment, sickness, or a raise in income affect the different dimensions?