The Happiness Museum will make you smileAdmiralgade, Copenhagen
Denmark is widely regarded as one of the happiest countries on Earth, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that its capital is home to first-ever museum dedicated to smiling, laughing and generally having fun.
Of course, it’s so much more than a few dad jokes and a display of whoopee cushions through the ages. This is part of the Happiness Research Institute, an independent think tank that focuses on wellbeing, happiness and the quality of life. You may be acquainted with its founder, Meik Wiking, whose books, including The Little Book of Hygge, have been published in more than 50 countries.
The reasons behind it all are rather simple. We all want to be happy, right? But do we really know what we need to get to this elevated state? There are eight rooms in the museum that each explore happiness from a different perspective. It’s all interactive and you can get involved in various experiments. Plus, people from all over the world have donated personal items that remind them of their lives’ happy moments and they’re all on display.
- This place will give you all the positive feels
- Doing the experiments and working out what it takes to make you happy
- Getting deep and meaningful, if only for a few hours
- There’s a test somewhere in the museum – we’re not going to tell you what it is – but fail it and you might just be a bit embarrassed
Adult tickets cost about US$15.