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The Happiness Museum

Is being happy an art? or a science? In Copenhagen, Denmark, The Happiness Research Institute is dedicated to finding out.

In 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, they opened The Happiness Museum. Its mission is to explore why some people and societies are happier than others.

There are eight rooms in the museum, including a Happiness Lab which studies such things as the anatomy of a smile and the physical aspects of joy.

A map room displays the global geography of happiness—highlighting the happiest nations — Denmark, Finland and Paraguay top the list.

There are also artifacts of happiness from around the world which include, among other things, a badminton racket and an inhaler—proving just how different our happiness definitions can be.
There’s a history room showing how the concept of happiness has evolved over thousands of years including an exploration into the future of happiness.

Interactive exhibits and questionnaires encourage visitors to delve deeper to understand their own levels and origins.

The premise of the museum is that people tend to look for happiness in all the wrong places.
So, tell me, what does happiness mean to you?

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