Nic, a fellow of the New Economics Foundation in London, has devoted his career to analyzing happiness and putting a quantitative number on it. His TED talk, the Happy Planet Index, has been viewed more than a million times and continues to inspire debate and conversation.
Through his research, he’s found that the richest countries don’t always equal the happiest countries. Denmark and other Scandinavian countries consistently top the list, although he’s not convinced that hygge is the solution to the happiness problem. He strongly believes that happiness should not cost the Earth and should be the pursuit of all nations.