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The Happy Course

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Master the science-based principles and practices for living a happier life

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)
  • Improve your mental wellbeing
  • 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 unique short videos, text and illustrations
  • Each lesson lasts approx 10-15mins, you can take as long or short as you like
  • Questions give you immediate feedback and are designed to test your understanding of key concepts
  • Select questions are marked by real people + can provide help/feedback if you get stuck
  • We include carefully chosen and curated links for further reading throughout the course
  • Everything is in plain English and easy to understand


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Diana M.

South Africa

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

Magda B.

United Kingdom

I didn't know what to expect, but delighted I joined. Excellent stuff. It made my morning commute much more bearable.

Sarah B.

United Kingdom

The gamification format makes the courses addictive and so much easier.

Remi C.


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Hannah T.


Happy I joined. I really enjoyed the interesting case studies and handy tips that you can look back on.



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

Hannah T.

South Africa

The Happy Course made me feel like I was sitting in front of a crackling fire having a meaningful conversation with an old friend. I was sad when it was over but I feel uplifted and so self aware. I started a Happy Club with my friends so that I can help other people feel happy and connect with them on a more meaningful level. I’ve even started a blog about my happy journey. It’s changed my life! Happy regards, Hannah

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!

Katie L.

United States

The way the course was structured was fantastic. The use of videos and additional articles was incredibly helpful to contextualize the concepts being discussed. The questions at the end of each section were the prefect way to keep me engaged.

Katie N.

United States

Meik Wiking and his Happy Course is well worth it! Pharrell famously said...“clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth.” I’m definitely clapping along now! Cheers from the states!

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 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.

Maren U.

United Kingdom

A comprehensive guide to all aspects of happiness. I like how the course is broken down into clear sections which are easy follow and navigate. The course tutorials from Meik which feature throughout provide a coherent thread throughout. Thanks for such a brilliant learning experience!

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.

Hemal T.

United Kingdom

Happy to offer a 5 out of 5 review. A fun and insightful look into positive psychology, happiness, culture and economics.Thank You!

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.

Angela M.

United Kingdom

I have just completed the Happy Course and would happily recommend this course to anyone seeking to improve their own wellbeing/ happiness or anyone with an interest in wellbeing theory or positive/social psychology. I enjoyed this learning so much and am quite sad that it is finished! I would definitely be interested in any further training in this area and I rate this course with 5/5 stars.

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

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.

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.

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!

Flor B.


Taking the Happiness course was an enriching experience and an easy way to get the tools needed to promote wellbeing at home, in our community and workplace. I’m an intercultural communication and language trainer and I must say that the information from this class enhance my assistance to those in need during transition as expatriates and immigrants. Thanks for putting together such a precise, fun and rewarding course! Best wishes, Flor

Kate H.

South Africa

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

Josefine B.


Complete, inspiring, wonderful.

Nathan M.


Fantastic course, really goes into detail about the factors that contribute to happiness, really enjoyable, enlightening and highly recommended.

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! ;)

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.

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! :)

Lyubov A.

Russian Federation

It's like a game!

Brida O.


I like a lateral process & since my laptop needs to be replaced, doing the Happiness Course on my phone wasn't always comfortable at times ie -jumping about to read the linked articles & them returning to main module Also the print was small to get my answers right at times . I did like the course very much & will do it again on a lap top ..and I will certainly read the notes/ you sent to me. Many thanks to the happiness course director : )

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.

Josefine B.


Complete, inspiring, wonderful.

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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