Our story so far

The Happier Lives Institute conducts research into the most cost-effective, evidence-based ways to increase happiness. We then share what we’ve found with donors and decision-makers so they can take action. 

2017
2017

The kindling

2018
2018

The spark

  • Michael delivers a ‘prequel’ talk at EAGxNetherlands to address the theoretical concerns about the nature and measurement of wellbeing.
  • He argues that impact should be measured using subjective wellbeing questions such as “Overall, how satisfied are you with your life, nowadays?” (0 – 10) rather than relying on objective indicators of health and wealth.
  • This does spark interest. A group of volunteers begin the Mental Health Programme Evaluation Project to find the best charities working on mental health in low-income countries.
2019
2019

Incubation

2020
2020

The groundwork

2021
2021

Making comparisons

2022
2022

What’s next?

  • Our cash transfers meta-analysis is published in Nature Human Behaviour
  • We continue to search for outstanding funding opportunities at three levels of scale:
    • Micro-interventions – deworming, cataract surgery, mental health apps, and cement flooring
    • Meso-interventions – lead regulation, immigration policy, and improving access to pain relief
    • Macro-interventions – building a £10 million portfolio of philanthropic funding opportunities