Copenhagen opens the first happiness museum ever
Posted on 07/09/2020

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Denmark, currently established as the second happiest country in the world, opened the first Happiness Museum ever on July 14. With everything happening in the world in 2020, happiness is unfortunately a rare topic lately, and it is a good feeling to see there is still some positivity in the world. According to CNN, the institution is focusing on the idea of happiness and how it has been perceived and discussed over the centuries.

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"We thought, there might not be a lot of guests these days, but the world does need a little bit more happiness", commented Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute.

The Happiness Research Institute is a place dealing with the science of happiness, focusing mostly on the question of why some societies are happier than others. The institute was involved in the creation of the museum, which hosts exhibits and interactive experiences in order to show visitors the different conceptions of happiness in different countries.

"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 added.

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Although these are difficult times for the museum because of the pandemic, they remain optimistic and have put strict policies in place to make sure social distancing and safety would be respected, including a one-way path and a limited number of 50 visitors.

Talking about the concept behind the museum, Meik Wiking commented: "We might be Danish or Mexican or American or Chinese, but we are first and foremost people. 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."

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