Happier Lives Institute

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Let's work together to create a happier world. The Happier Lives Institute connects donors, researchers, and policymakers with the most cost-effective opportunities to increase global wellbeing. Using the latest subjective wellbeing data, we identify the problems that matter most to people and find evidence-based ways to solve them.

Our 2022 Summer Research Fellows

We’re excited to introduce you to our 2022 cohort of summer research fellows who will be joining us in July and August for a seven-week paid internship. Their projects will help to deepen our understanding of the nature and measurement of wellbeing and identify cost-effective ways for individuals and governments to increase it.

Research overview

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.

Operations Manager

Our Summer Research Fellowship provides an opportunity for students and recent graduates to gain hands-on research experience and receive personal mentoring from our research team.

Senior Researcher

Our Summer Research Fellowship provides an opportunity for students and recent graduates to gain hands-on research experience and receive personal mentoring from our research team.

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Let's work together to create a happier world. The Happier Lives Institute connects donors, researchers, and policymakers with the most cost-effective opportunities to increase global wellbeing. Using the latest subjective wellbeing data, we identify the problems that matter most to people and find evidence-based ways to solve them.

2021 Annual Review

Our 2021 Annual Review describes the research we conducted in 2021, highlights the impact this has had, and reflects on some of the lessons we have learned. It concludes by laying out our plans for 2022 and how you can support our work.

2020 Annual Review

Our 2020 Annual Review describes the research we conducted in 2020, highlights the impact this has had, and reflects on some of the lessons we have learned. It concludes by laying out our plans for 2021 and how you can support our work.

Give now

You can create a happier world by giving. Let us introduce you to our recommended charities, explain how to support further research, and highlight promising organisations.

Moral Foundations of Progress Studies

The progress studies community has had a lot of discussion about technology, economics, history, and politics. However, there is no consensus on the moral basis for valuing or pursuing “progress,” and there are key open questions about how progress is to be judged and measured, who should benefit from it, and what type of progress we should pursue. The goal of this workshop is to reach a consensus on what major moral/ethical questions are at the foundations of a study of progress, and what broad answers to these questions have been proposed.

Key ideas

With limited resources, how should we decide between saving lives, reducing poverty, or treating mental illness? Our Key Ideas page explains how. First we set out the crucial ideas very briefly and then explore each of those ideas in greater depth.

Research agenda

Our research agenda sets out our three main research areas and the wider research context that is relevant to our mission. It then articulates where additional research seems more (or less) useful within each research area and clarifies our research priorities for 2021-22.