Everyone likes to be happy. Self-gratification is part of our basic nature as human beings. So it only stands to reason that we should study ways on how to get happy and stay that way! In other words, it only stands to reason that a museum dedicated to the study of happiness would prove to be a good idea. At the very least, it would be something people might want to support. Somewhat proving that theory, a crowd funding campaign to actually get a real “Museum of Happiness” installed earned £28,289 out of £25,000 target in less than a month! However, it’s not stopping there…
The three headlining the project are Shamash Alidina, Vicky Johnson, and Rosa Connor, in addition to various volunteers. Reportedly, they were inspired by the UK charity Action for Happiness and the Museum of Nonsense (Nonseum) in Austria. According to the project’s official Crowfunder page, “We believe in a happier, kinder and more playful world. Science has shown that happiness is a skill that everyone can learn. So we want to share these happiness skills widely, so all can benefit. Like all skills it takes patience, and we aim to provide a supportive environment where you can discover what works for you.
“We are not here to force happiness upon you. Instead, we are creating a warm community space to explore this important aspect of being human. To continue our mission to spread and share happiness around the globe, we are raising these funds to open the world’s first dedicated Museum of Happiness in Camden, London.”
As mentioned, this is not the end of the project, as there are plans to hopefully develop a line of pop-up museums along the line. As the statement continue, “We want to start a Museum of Happiness movement – spreading pop-up Museums of Happiness all over the world! In homes, schools, offices, hospitals and more! Can you help us? Because together we can do it!”
One of the more important goals of the project is to spread mental health awareness. As given in a message on the website, “Did you know that depression is the number one cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation? More people die through suicide than through wars, terrorist acts and natural disasters put together on an annual basis. At the Museum of Happiness we offer tangible, science-based tools you can implement into your everyday lives.”