The longest scientific study ever conducted on day-to-day happiness
Can happiness be measured? Surprising as it may seem, the answer is yes. At the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen they have been measuring happiness since 2012. But what is the purpose of measuring it? And, more importantly, can happiness be achieved?
Alejandro Cencerrado has spent sixteen years recording his own happiness, measuring it from 0 to 10, and analyzing it with the most sophisticated statistical tools. Based on this experience and his work as an analyst at the Institute of Happiness in Copenhagen, he tries to understand what makes us happier or less happy as individuals and as a society.
In his book, In Defense of Unhappiness, he teaches us his method and how to apply it in everyday life, and also invites us to reflect on the chiaroscuros that surround this question so transcendental for people and that affects the very foundations of our so-called “welfare society”. A unique and revealing book in which disciplines as diverse and closely related as psychology, sociology and anthropology are intertwined to offer us, through a scientific analysis, a new look at the most ancient human aspiration.
We should have a reliable measure to know if people are happy if we want our society to be a true welfare society. If the only thing we use to measure social progress is GDP, productivity or unemployment, we will never really know what is affecting people’s well-being and neither will we be able to act on it.