How does social media affect our lives? What drives well-being at work? And how is happiness linked to inequality and sustainable living? These are just some of the questions that we have already answered.

Publications
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Wellbeing in the age of COVID-19

 

The Happiness Research Institute, 2020 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of millions of people around the world. To study its impact on wellbeing, the Happiness Research Institute launched a longitudinal study from April to July, 2020.

 

In this report, we present key findings on the relationship between COVID-19 case increases and wellbeing, patterns of loneliness for different groups of people, behavioral buffers against loneliness, the relationship between media consumption and fear, and more. Using these insights we offer a 6-item action plan containing day-to-day activities to boost happiness levels during the pandemic.

Please find the online appendix here

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Wellbeing Adjusted Life Years 2020

 

The Happiness Research Institute &
Leaps by Bayer, 2020 

 

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. Rooted in decades of happiness research, WALYs can be used to empirically assess the determinants of good lives by providing a common currency of impact across economic, social, and environmental domains. Click on the image to read the whole report. 

Please find the short version of the report here

Please find the online appendix here

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The World Happiness Report 2020

 

United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, 2020 

 

The World Happiness Report,  which is published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be.

 

The World Happiness Report 2020 for the first time ranks cities around the world by their subjective well-being and digs more deeply into how the social, urban and natural environments combine to affect our happiness. Click on the image to read the whole report. 

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#SortingOutSocialMedia


The Happiness Research Institute

& Nordic Council of Ministers, 2019  
 

Does social media really pose a threat to young people’s well-being?

 

This report examines the relationship between social media use and well-being. It demonstrates that young people's online and offline lives are inextricably linked. To truly understand the effects of social media use, it is therefore necessary to consider which platforms young people use, how they use them, and the personal characteristics that make some young people more vulnerable than others online.

Please find the online appendix here

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Valcon Working Paper 


The Happiness Research Institute

& Valcon, 2019 
 

Global Mangement Consultancy to Revolutionise Corporate Culture with Happiness

 

The F-word in business is feelings. Companies usually don't talk about feelings or emotions or happiness. However, in 2018, Valcon and The Happiness Research Institute established the Valcon Happiness Lab. On Tuesday 25th June, the first Working Paper with the initial results of the Lab is published to inspire companies and managers world-wide.

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The GoodHome Report 


The Happiness Research Institute

& Kingfisher plc, 2019 
 

The GoodHome Report is a major new international study which has been undertaken by the Happiness Research Institute and Kingfisher plc. The report looks at the impact of our homes on our overall happiness and wellbeing. The study surveyed 13,489 people and conducted 78 in-depth personal interviews with people from across 10 countries in Europe.

 

A key finding is that the home is significantly more important to our happiness than our income or job. Size, location and home ownership have far less impact on happiness than we might expect. 

Take a look at the short version here.

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Job Satisfaction Index 2019 


The Happiness Research Institute, 2019 
 

The 2019 version of the Job Satisfaction Index places emphasis on the main seven factors that have been identified to affect job satisfaction the most among employed Danes.

 

As several Job Satisfaction Indexes have been published since 2015, this report focuses both on the important factors for job satisfaction for Danes in this year as well as its change over time. Moreover, this year's index explores three current topics: balance, stress, and identity at work. 

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In The Shadow Of Happiness
 

The Happiness Research Institute
& Nordic Council of Ministers, 2018
 

It is true that we in the Nordic countries are generally happier than people in the rest of the world, but there are also people in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden who describe themselves as struggling or even suffering.

 

This report analyses which factors are the most significant in determining why some people in the Nordic region are happy, while others are struggling or suffering. The study also analyses which groups of people are most often struggling or suffering. Finally, the report discusses the potential consequences for our society.

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World Psoriasis Happiness Report 2018


The Happiness Research Institute

& Leo Innovation Lab, 2018
 

The World Psoriasis Happiness Report 2018 continues to explore the impact that living with self-reported psoriasis has on happiness. The report aims to facilitate the development and exchange of ideas and policy initiatives to improve the lives of more than 125 million people living with psoriasis around the world.

This report analyses input we have received on surveys delivered through PsoHappy and explores different aspects of living with self-reported psoriasis from 79,636 users in 21 countries

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Job Satisfaction Index 2018

 

The Happiness Research Institute, 2018
 

The Job Satisfaction Index 2018 is a study of the Danes´ perception of mastering at work. Mastering is one of seven factors, which particularly affects the Danes´ experience of well-being and job satisfaction.

 

In the third version of the Job Satisfaction Index, new case studies are introduced that provide tools and enhanced knowledge about the job satisfaction of Danes. The report's findings are supplemented with opinions from leading experts and practitioners about their respective fields. 

World Psoriasis Happiness Report 2017
 

The Happiness Research Institute

& Leo Innovation Lab, 2017
 

Psoriasis is a common, chronic autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 125 million people worldwide.

The World Psoriasis Happiness Report 2017 aims to shed light on what impacts the subjective well-being of people living with psoriasis.

We received input from 121,800 people with self-reported psoriasis across 184 countries on a wide spectrum of validated well-being indicators like stress, social support and loneliness.

Job Satisfaction Index 2017
 

The Happiness Research Institute, 2017
 

In this version of the Job Satisfaction Index our urge to discover and explore will also bring us to the limits of work life and job satisfaction.

 

We are among other going to discover the resources that exist within the co-workers at the limit of the work life, explore what the travel to work signifies for job satisfaction, and what happens when job satisfaction is replaced by stress.

Job Satisfaction Index 2016


The Happiness Research Institute, 2016
 

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.

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.

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.

How to improve quality of life for young people


The Happiness Research Institute, 2017 (In Danish)
 

Since 2012 Denmark has topped the happiness rankings in the World Happiness Report commissioned by the United Nations. Now the Happiness Research Institute have carried out a study commissioned by Nordea-fonden that focus specifically on young people in Denmark. The study aims to explore the factors that loom large in their lives and identify the social forces that shape their happiness.

English summary

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.

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 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.

Happiness 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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