Meik Wiking is the CEO at The Happiness Research Institute and he’s a New York Times bestselling author. He’s written The Little Book of Hygge followed by The Little Book of Lykke (today’s focus).
In this episode, we discuss:
- What is happiness?
- Overall happiness vs happiness in the here and now
- Establishing The Happiness Research Institute
- The benefits of co-housing
- Applying co-housing principles to living in a “regular” neighbourhood
- The importance of social support systems (friends & family)
- The impact of taking a week off from Facebook
- People care about their position in the social hierarchy
- Linking special purchases to a noteworthy occasion
- It’s better to buy experiences vs things
- Forming a free-fun fellowship
- Decoupling wealth and well-being
- Building exercise/movement into our daily routines
- Shinrin-yoku/forest bathing
- On average, people who are self-employed are happier
- Tiger parents vs elephant parents
- Parents vs non-parents… who is happier?
- The lost wallet experiment
- Trust and happiness are linked
- The helper’s high
- The free help guy
- Cooking and eating with friends
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