This week on the podcast I’m chatting to Meik Wiking – who founded the world’s first Happiness Research Institute in 2011, in Copenhagen, Denmark. He consults cities, governments and organisations around the world on happiness. He has advised the Minister of State for Happiness in the UAE, the state of Jalisco in Mexico and the city of Goyang in South Korea, among others. He holds a degree in business and political science and has previously worked for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Happy memories are representative of connections and undoubtedly related to human health. You might think what has this got to do with food, diet or nutrition but these are multi-sensory experiences that cannot be separated from the enjoyment of living. This is why my motto has always been flavour as well as function – its who’s around the table as much as what’s on the table.
A summary of some of the tips that we spoke about on the episode
- To be aware of all your senses when you are happy – think about the tastes, the smells the environment, and who you are with
- Use and create happy memory triggers – such as an item or anecdote from the experience
- Create a memory ‘dish’ and theming an evening- when meeting up with friends or eating out
And don’t forget to check out Meik’s new book – The Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Hold Onto Happy Moments
‘I would like us to look at happiness the way that we look at health. When it comes to how long you and I are going to live, there’s a genetic component – we are pre-disposed to some diseases; there is a context component – so the air pollution in London and Copenhagen, and the quality of the healthcare system in those countries. And then there are the choices that we make on a daily basis – exercise, diet, smoking, alcohol and so on. And I think it’s the same way that we need to look at happiness’
What a guest and what a pleasure it was to create that dish for Meik and have it named after Meik too – you’ll find the recipe video that I cooked with Meik and our super interesting conversation – on my youtube channel go check it out!
And don’t forget to check out Meik’s new book – The Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Hold Onto Happy Moments – you will definitely enjoy this!