Leave it to the wonderful folks at Positive.News to unearth this little gem: the world’s first museum of happiness will be opening in London. Reporter Tom Lawson posted on June 9, 2017 that the museum will be happening thanks to crowdfunding, and that it will be dedicated to “the science, art and history of happiness.”
There is so much to love about Lawson’s story, including the museum’s new location in the U.K.’s largest homeless hostel in the hope that “the museum will help reduce isolation and depression among members of the capital’s homeless community.” To me, this acknowledges that happiness is not just an inside job — there are systems changes needed to help more people be happier. Positivity also breeds creative problem solving, and certainly this approach to reducing loneliness is creative!
And this: “The not-for-profit organisation wants to offer free wellbeing classes to those recently housed after being homeless; happiness classes to schools in deprived areas; and create an indoor ‘tropical paradise’ for members of the public to enjoy.” How totally cool is it that this group can combine free classes to the recently homeless with a tropical paradise with indoor palm trees! If happiness comes largely from a mixture of meaning and pleasure — and it does — then this museum seems to have the right formula for success.