Happiness sometimes seems far away these days. Denmark is changing that with the opening of The Happiness Museum. At a time when museums are being hit hard, this museum brings a glimmer of hope.
Denmark is currently the second happiest country on earth, according to The World Happiness Report. So it is not entirely coincidental that this country is now home to The Happiness Museum. Within the walls of this museum it is all about happiness through the different centuries and cultures.
The museum officially opened on 14 July in a 240 square metre space in the centre of Copenhagen. “We thought there might not be many guests at this difficult time, but the world needs a little more luck,” said Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, to CNN. His organisation studies the science of happiness with the aim of informing about the causes and consequences of happiness, ultimately improving the quality of life. In the museum, for example, you can see that people from Scandinavian countries are generally honest, which could contribute to happiness. There is also a happiness laboratory where you can find out where in our brains feelings of joy arise and how happiness changes as we get older.
Visitors to the museum, which of course respects all corona measures, are taken to different countries through interactive experiences and exhibitions. “We thought, why not create a place where people can feel happiness? We also have an exhibition in the museum about questions we solve,” said Wiking. Questions the institute solves are, for example, ‘how can we bring back the greatest happiness for mankind? And ‘do social media really threaten the well-being of young people?
Wiking hopes that people in the exhibition will see that it is the same things around the world that stimulate happiness. The reactions to the interactive experiences of the visitors will help the institute with their research.