Meik Wiking

The Happiness Research Institute

The Happiness Research Institute (Denmark)

The Happiness Research Institute

The Happiness Research Institute (Denmark)

Meik Wiking is CEO of The Happiness Research Institute, Research Associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness and Founding member of The Latin American Network for Wellbeing and Quality of Life Policies. He holds degree in business and political science and has previously worked for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vilstrup Research and as a director for the think tank Monday Morning. Meik Wiking has written several books and reports on happiness, subjective well-being and quality of life and is often used as a public speaker around the world.

Meik Wiking

The Happiness Research Institute is an independent think tank exploring why some societies are happier than others. Their mission 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 quality of life for citizens across the world.

Building on measurement guidelines and benchmarks from the OECD and UN, The Happiness Research Institute combines qualitative and quantitative methods to provide insights on the level of well-being, happiness and quality of life. Whether we measure happiness, well-being or quality of life we are faced with the same challenges. They are all complex concepts. Therefore, we need to analyze different components.

​Much like when we examine how the economy is doing we can look at GDP per capita, growth, unemployment, inflation and interest rates. Each indicator gives us information about the status of the economy. Similarly, when we measure quality of life - we can examine different dimensions such as the cognitive, the affective and the eudaimonic dimension.

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