The world’s first happiness museum is opened in Copenhagen, Denmark on July 14, 2020. In an interview with CNN CEO Meik Wiking of the Happiness Research Institute said the purpose for organizing the museum “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 [the] overall quality of life for citizens across the world.”
“I think people imagine that the Institute is like a magical place,” CEO Meik Wiking remarked to CNN, “a room full of puppies or ice cream—but we are just eight people sitting in front of computers looking at data.”
In response to receiving numerous requests to visit their offices, the “Happiness Crew,” name given to the staff at the institute decided to create a place where people could experience the happiness they were researching.
“We thought, why don’t we create a place where people can experience happiness from different perspectives and give them an exhibition where they can become a little bit wiser around some of the questions we try to solve?” Wiking explained.
The 2,585 square-foot museum debut July 14, 2020 with strict social distancing and COVID-19 safety protocols in place. A max of only 50 visitors were permitted in the museum at a time and invited to explore the dynamics that facilitate happiness from around the globe.
The museum takes both a cultural and historical approach examining how the concept of happiness has evolved over time and has cultural variations. The museum includes vast collections of artifacts that represent happiness from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Currently, the museum is open to tourists. To arrange your visit and learn more click here.
Source: Good News Network