Happiness Atlas

Pursuing Happiness

The international Happiness Atlas offers insights into the actual “Time-Use” and “Happiness-Time-Use” of people all over the world.

Where are the happiest people? Which places or regions are particularly livable locations? And what can we learn from this to help more people lead a happier life?

Happiness is subjective. And yet it is visible.

The factors that play a role in influencing the happiness of individuals vary from one person to the next. By using a scientifically-based smartphone app for analyzing the subjective well-being, the Happiness-Time-Use can be measured in different everyday situations. This enables us to closely investigate people‘s everyday lives and their feelings and emotions and visualize them in an interactive “World Happiness Map“.

From the collected data objective conclusions can be drawn for a happiness-oriented political model that focuses on better living conditions and on the citizens’ individual well-being. For a happier, healthier, and more productive society.

Would you like to contribute to making our world a more human and livable place? Help us by taking part in our international research study.

Happiness Profiles

The interactive atlas shows a general tendency in the happiness levels of individual countries, regions or cities. In addition to this, profiles of various population groups can be drawn from the scientific data which can be filtered according to different criteria, e.g. age, gender, ethnicity, place of residence or occupation.

This is how you get an overview of anonymous Happiness Profiles of specific groups of people and you can find out how other people spend their time (Time-Use) and how happy they are doing what they do (Happiness-Time-Use).


Study Process


Happiness Analysis per App


Launch of the Happiness Atlas and the Happiness Profiles

Smartphone applicaiton

Happiness Analyser

Get hAPPy!

Our app "Happiness Analyser", which is unique in the world, allows you to participate in the international research study on subjective well-being.

Your participation is, of course, anonymous and in compliance with the strictest standards for privacy and data protection.

The apps is available free of charge for use on computers, smartphone, and tablet (Android and iOS).

How does it work?

You will use the Happiness Analyser app on a daily basis. This is how we measure your subjective well-being in everyday life situations. We record how you spend your time and with whom you spend it – and your Happiness-Time-Use experienced in these situations.

And how do you benefit from this?

Create your own happiness profile and learn more about your personal happiness:

  • How happy am I?
  • What makes me happy?
  • And what should I do differently to lead a happier and meaningful life?

Moreover, by participating in our research study you will make a valuable contribution to the desired political and social change: from an achievement-oriented and affluent society towards a high-performing, well-being-oriented society in which quality of life and the happiness of each individual plays an important part.

Because those of us who experience emotional support, appreciation, and participation are more resistant to stress, more motivated and committed. These are essential factors for a happy and meaningful life – and last but not least, for more productivity and sustainable economic strength.

Research & Cooperation Partners of the
Happiness Research Organisation

Happiness Atlas is a project developed by the Happiness Research Organisation based in Düsseldorf, Germany. In diverse research projects the research institute closely examines people’s everyday lives and gains insight into their individual sense of happiness. In cooperation with renowned scientists and experts specializing in various fields, the Happiness Research Organisation focuses on the relationships between happiness, health, and productivity.

  • Prof. Dr. Ruut Veenhoven Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Prof. Dr. Ronnie Schöb Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schupp DIW / SOEP
  • Prof. Dr. Rhonda Phillips Purdue University
  • Prof. Dr. Richard Lucas Michigan State University
  • Prof. Dr. Marc Hassenzahl Folkwang Universität der Künste
  • Prof. Dr. Grit im Brahm Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind Bergische Universität Wuppertal
  • Prof. Dr. Carmelo Vazquez Complutense University of Madrid
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Kocher Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Prof. Dr. Seung Jong Lee Seoul National University
  • Prof. Dr. Youngwha Kee Soongsil University
  • Prof. Dr. Young-Chool Choi Chungbuk National University
  • PD Dr. Ralf Klamma RWTH Aachen University
  • Dr. Martijn Burger Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Dr. Susana Garcia Diez Statistisches Bundesamt
  • Dr. Clemens Hetschko Freie Universität Berlin
  • Dr. Oliver Haas Corporate Happiness
  • Dr. Michael Derntl RWTH Aachen University
  • Dr. David Richter DIW / SOEP
  • Dr. Scott Cloutier Arizona State University
  • Dr. Bernd M. Lindenberg
  • Dr. Ilona Bürgel
  • Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen
  • Martijn Hendriks Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Kathi Wachnowski Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Randall J. Birnberg M.A.
  • Michael Tomoff

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