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The Happy Course


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Meik Wiking

A masterclass in happiness

What is happiness and how can we get more of it?

This is the ultimate guide to happiness, from the New York Times best selling author, and CEO of the world renowned Happiness Research Institute in Denmark, a country that is consistently voted the happiest country in the world.

There are six factors that affect happiness. We dive into them one by one, and you’ll master them all.

You’ll unlock happiness by learning healthy habits regarding relationships, money, family, kids, social media, trust, fitness, and even buying coffee for strangers.

This masterclass will empower you with practical tips and quick wins to make yourself, your loved ones, and even the world happier.

Key Skills Learned

  • Create more happiness in your life, and the world
  • Spend money in a way that will increase your happiness
  • Increase the happiness of those around you
  • Become a happier, kinder and healthier person

Who is this for?

  • If you’re human, enjoy feeling happy, and wish to bring more happiness into your life and the world at large, then this course is for you.

How does it work?

  • You’ll learn through a mixture of helpful short videos, text and illustrations
  • Each lesson lasts approx 10-15mins, you can take as long or short as you like
  • We include carefully chosen links for further reading throughout the course
  • Everything is in plain English and easy to understand


Course Duration *Each lesson takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete, there are 29 lessons in this masterclass. It’s possible to finish the whole course in an afternoon, but you can take as long as you like - you’ll have lifetime access to the content.

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So glad I signed up! The variety of techniques to test your understanding is great and the team behind the scenes even better.

Diana M.

South Africa

Glad I took the leap! Not only educational but also entertaining, which is still very rare these days.

Andra N.

United States

Impeccable learning experience. The material is carefully curated and extremely engaging.

Tom K.

United States

Engaging, informative, varied, and very well researched.

Bradley C.


I was unsure of this at first, however, learning on your time, in a fun way, works for me!




By understanding what happiness is and how it works, you'll be in a better position to have more of it in your life.


The impact of friends, family and love on happiness, and what you can do to have better relationships.


Find out how your health and fitness impact happiness, why Danes are so cheerful and what you can do to live a healthy, happy life.


How money really affects well-being, and how to buy your way to happiness.


What freedom means, how it affects happiness, and how to get more of it in your life.


Learn how to increase trust, empathy, and kindness and why doing these thing will make your life, and the lives of those around you, happier.

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Meik Wiking

Meik Wiking is one happy Dane and the head of the Happiness Research Institute, the author of The Little Book of Lykke and New York Times bestseller, The Little Book of Hygge. He has helped over 2 million people live happier, more hyggelige lives.

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Michael Birkjær

Michael Birkjær is a remarkably cheerful analyst at the Happiness Research Institute. His particular professional focus is data from studies where people answer subjectively about their own happiness and well-being, and how these results can guide public policy.

Happiness Research Institute

The Happiness Research Institute is an independent think tank exploring why some societies are happier than others. Their mission is to inform governments about the causes and effects of happiness and help them make policies that will improve quality of life for people across the world.

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What people are saying

Jen B.

United States

I really enjoyed this class. My heritage is Danish and am obsessed with the country and want to move there. I have Meiks book, and so when I saw this course, I jumped at the opportunity to take it. I learned a great deal about the subject, and even talked about some of the stuff I learned to coworkers tonight! I loved the mix of videos, articles and reading for each section.

Nick C.


Much more interesting than I expected. Lots of great studies and helpful tips. Made me reflect on areas of my own life where I can probably make some easy changes!

Nick B.

South Africa

The Happy Course really helped to place all those little nuggets of wisdom you were told as a child, into a deep-dive adult context. It was filled with proven insights that have helped me (in a selfish way!) to start to bring happiness to my community through better interactions and thoughtfulness.

Markie R.

United Kingdom

I'd definitely give the course a 5. It was really interesting and the right level of detail and visuals for my style of learning. Meik is an excellent communicator with a great level of humour which made you feel really engaged.

Vasudha S.


I'd rate it 4.5/5 just because no book or course can do justice to our multifaceted emotions. I love the use of colours, the presentation and the illustrations. In their quest to be grown ups, people fail to realise the impact of illustrations,infographics and colours. The points that stood out to me the most were 1) Be mindful of comparisons 2) Get Outside 3)Buy Happiness and 4) reduce your commute. Its very bold to suggest "Buy Happiness" in a sea of people taking offence to anything and nothing at the same time (especially the angst against the rich) so thank you for that. People live under this rock of misconception that you need pots of money to buy experiences. Comparison is a killer but sadly teachers and parents bring their own childhood experiences when influencing their students and children. They somehow don't see the incentive to rise above their childhood experiences. The Japanese, believe in Forest bathing and many influencers and lifestyle bloggers borrow from the East, because the mindset of the West has, to an extent become saturated. Getting out is so important, even if its sitting in the garden or indulging in decadent coffee and pastries with your community (Fika is my favourite word 😊) And finally, the most overlooked aspect of happiness- commute. This short film is dedicated to people in the rat race

Danté P.

United Kingdom

At first I was skeptical, I mean, how can you take a course on Happiness? But I'm so happy I did. It's a no-nonsense, scientific approach to the most important thing in the world.

Nathalie B.


I really enjoyed the course during my Holidays. It made me laugh, smile and think. Also want more than ever go visit Denmark to meet these people.

Helen R.

United Kingdom

When it comes to living our best lives, there is much to learn from different cultures… The Happiness Research Institute explores global trends of life satisfaction. It’s headed by Meik Wiking, who has collected his findings in his wonderful book 'The Little Book of Lykke.' I'm happier already!

chloee d.


To be perfectly honest it couldn't have come at a better time, this was exactly what I needed to distract myself and have more of a positive view on life. So thank you so much. Honestly. It was fun and very interesting.

Kate H.

South Africa

Really enjoyed this! A great balance of interesting scientific studies along with a bunch of useful, practical tips.

Nahid B.


Thank you so much for this last very personal and happy touch. It was really fun and grate to pass the happiness masterclass and if I have to rate it 1- 5 I rate it 5+. No doubt I will continue your interesting courses and many thanks.

Joe B.

Hong Kong

Great content. Meik comes across as a very charming and interesting guy and doing great work to spread happiness around the world! Made me stop and think about some of the areas of my life where I could make some simple improvements. And hopefully become a little happier in the process! ;)

Graham K.


When you think about it, humans are really shit at making ourselves happy. So even though Happiness doesn't seem like something you can learn through an online course, this was super interesting, super useful, and one of the most valuable things I've ever done.

Sharon H.

United States

Thank you for offering another creative fun tool to help share happiness. The colorful simple “how-to” booklet at the end is perfect for all ages and makes it easy to integrate “joy” into every day! 5 star rating

Isotta E.


I'd like to rate the masterclass 5 stars. I am happy to have successfully completed the Happy Course - The Happiness Research Institute and got the first certificate of 2018 with inspirational vibes 🚴‍♀👩‍💻🎨✅ "Kindness is not only a virtue that’s easy to practise, it genuinely makes the giver happier than the receiver".

Mike B.

United Kingdom

I work in banking and since human behaviour seems to be a subject on the rise I wanted to see if there was something I could learn from what makes people happy. I'm glad I took the chance, I quickly found some pretty fascinating insights, for example that the salary needed for peak happiness is actually pretty low, and that there are some pretty easy ways to essentially buy happiness! Anyway, if you're looking to save time and take an easy to understand deep dive into the world of Happiness then this course with Meik and his team is the place to go. Highly recommended.

Lientjie M.

South Africa

I wasn't sure at first but so glad I took this, there are a number of small and simple daily habits I've now changed that I've found have made a noticeable difference in my daily mood. If you want a fun and easy way to learn about happiness, then this is for you.....I also now have a real desire to go to Denmark! :)

Henri E.

South Africa

As soft skills like empathy and self awareness are becoming ever more important, I think it's crucial that more people understand the science of happiness. This course covers it all, it's the ultimate masterclass on happiness.

Kristi V.

South Africa

Really enjoyed this, some bits I didn't 100% understand but English isn't my first language. I found a lot of really interesting things and a lot of helpful tips that I've already started to try out. If you want to understand happiness then take this course.

Gabriela C.


I would give 4.5 The resources and links within the course were very useful, the first 4 chapters were very interesting and well made, but for some reason I felt that the last 2 chapters (Freedom and Trust and Kindness) could be developed a little bit more. Hope this helps. Thanks.

Dean A.

United Kingdom

Full of lots of interesting and practical tips on happiness. Meik has a dry sense of humour which I like. Helped lift my spirits during a grey and wintery January! It's a tick from me.

Leigh A.

South Africa

The outcomes of this happiness masterclass are quite profound and exceeded my expectations. Having now completed the course I’m now brimming with interesting insights into happiness itself as well as how to up the levels with relation to relationships, health, money, freedom, trust and kindness - especially in the workplace. Try it out. Whether your focus is on your own personal happiness or upping the happiness levels of your employees, I hope you end the day with a satisfied smile on your face!

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