Happiness is a state of mind. It’s a fleeting yet pleasing feeling that seems lost in 2020. With so much happening in the world, we all are trying to be happy. But then there’s one place in the world where the name is synonymous to happiness. Yes, we are talking about Denmark. Denmark is the second happiest country on earth and now home to the world’s first Happiness museum.
The Happiness Museum Opens in Copenhagen
The Happiness museum is an establishment devoted to the idea of happiness and how it has been treated over the centuries. It officially opened on July 14 in a small 2,585 square foot area in the country’s capital- Copenhagen. In this time of distress, when museums are getting hit hard, this happiness museum feels like a ray of hope that the world needs.
Speaking to leading daily about this, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, Meik Wiking, said,
“We thought, there might not be a lot of guests these days, but the world does need a little bit more happiness.”
The Museum Aims To Realise The Importance Of Happiness
Recognised for creating the museum, The Happiness Research Institute is an organization that studies the science of happiness. It focuses on analysing why some societies are happier than others, to help effect political and societal change.
“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?” said Wiking.
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Monthly reflection: 1 month of sharing happiness The Happiness Museum has been open for one month! Since opening we have: – Welcomed over 600 guests, young and old, who have joined us to learn more about the good life. – Seen people wearing our tote bags (and huge smiles) around Copenhagen after their visit. – Spread the word in English, Danish and German. – Learned what happiness means to all of you, and heard your happiest memories. What a month! We look forward to see how much happiness the next month will hold.
Instead of showing soft, squishy or shiny things to the visitors, this museum aims to show them how different countries perceive happiness. The way visitors react to this experience will also help the institute further its research.
“We might be Danish or Mexican or American or Chinese, but we are first and foremost people,” added Wiking. “It’s the same things that drive happiness no matter where we’re from, and I hope that people will see that in the exhibition.
Keeping the current situation in mind, the museum has strict policies in place to ensure social distancing and safety, including only allowing 50 visitors at a time and a one-way path through the museum. For more information about the museum, visit The Happiness Museum website.