The World Happiness Report 2016 documents Denmark as the happiest place on Earth. Furthermore, Bhutan is a country that measures prosperity by gauging its citizens’ happiness levels, not the GDP.
By travelling overland point to point on our own Road to Happiness Expedition, we wanted to discover and document how between these two places we can create a happier world.
There is growing global interest in happiness and subjective well-being as primary indicators of the quality of human development. We want to be part of that discovery. Because we are undertaking the whole trip overland, we will be able to fully immerse ourselves in each country we visit.
As a result of this we conducted research in three different ways:
1. Firstly, using the Subjective Happiness Scale to measure the happiness of people we meet along the way.
2. Carrying out personal subjective fieldwork on the cities and countries we visit to suggest ideas which may support better lives and writing about it on this site.
3. Finally we captured Interviews and photos of the experience which will be included in a three part travel book.
And just as a side note…
Since you must be wondering, I want to confirm that we are not Psychologists or Psychiatrists (though Phil did get a Psychology degree at University). We are simply two people who care about the planet we inhabit, and more importantly the people we share it with.
Also, Hannah is a member of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), who have listed the Road to Happiness on their Expeditions Database for 2017. You can read about it here.
Finally, you should know this trip was entirely self-funded. We are both self-employed and have saved our own personal cash to fund this trip.
This expedition is now over, and Hannah & Phil are based in the UK working on their research to create a three-part travel book to be released Christmas 2020.