Speaker Announcement: Meik Wiking
Meik Wiking is a happiness researcher, who reconsiders the goodness of happiness - is it only ever a good thing? Looking into happiness indices, suicide rates, employment and social media, Meik shows us the dark side of happiness.
As he noticed how much the happiness agenda was taking off internationally and how high Denmark was ranking on it, Meik launched a think tank in Copenhagen, in 2013: the Happiness Research Institute. Its goal is to gather knowledge and theories on happiness, life satisfaction and quality of life.
- THE HAPPINESS-SUICIDE PARADOX
Meik works on the happiness-suicide paradox: the hypothesis that happy countries have high suicide rates. For instance, Hawaii is the second happiest state in the US, but it also has the fifth highest suicide rate.
Meik is reconsidering how one person’s happiness might lead to another person’s unhappiness through different examples: unemployment, loneliness and social media. The Happiness Research Institute conducted a study, for example, on the effect of social media on well-being.
- SOCIAL MEDIA IS A NON-STOP GREAT NEWS CHANNEL. A CONSTANT FLOW OF EDITED LIVES WHICH DISTORTS OUR PERCEPTION OF REALITY.
Happiness can also be useful from a policy-making point of view. When talking about inequality, we always focus on income. However, Meik believes that we need to address the inequality of well-being, and develop a better language for discussing happiness, well-being and quality of life.
Are you ready to look into the dark side of happiness? Join us on April 7th at Bremen Teater!
- By Jasmine Crozier
Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, an independent think tank exploring why some societies are happier than others. He has recently published the book Lykken under lup – en opdagelsesrejse i lykkeforskningens verden (Happiness under the magnifying glass: a journey into the world of happiness research). With a background in political science and business, Meik has previously worked on sustainability for the think tank Mandag Morgen.
Much of our lives in society revolve around things we accept as a given: the earth is round, stealing is bad and we usually put on shoes before leaving the house. These and many more prevailing ideas represent what we call common truths.
Our reality is constantly being created based on a range of truths; from what values we should have, to how we should react in certain situations. We go about our everyday lives without really noticing them, let alone questioning them. The truths that shape our established reality are such a big part of the mundane, that we don’t even consider them anymore.
The TEDxCopenhagen 2016 sets out to change that. Societal conventions and common truths are on shaky grounds. For the upcoming event, we have handpicked a group of inquisitive individuals who dare to ask the bold questions and flip the world as we know it upside-down.
We are at a tipping point, where what constitutes our reality is about to be challenged, reconsidered, taken back into our hands and reclaimed. Breaking away from the prevailing givens of society might, in fact, be the only way to reinvigorate it.
Join us on April 7th.
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