Introduction

Introduction

We all hold very strong beliefs about how to achieve a happy life. Others (parents, spiritual guides, self-help gurus…) believe equally strongly that they know the best direction for us take. Sometimes these beliefs coincide, other times they clash. So how can we know for sure which paths to follow? Famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson once said, “the good thing about science is that it’s true whether you believe it or not.” Over the years a robust science has developed around the concept of subjective well-being, or as it is more commonly known - happiness. Luckily then for me, an academic and lover of data science, I am somewhat qualified to be your guide to happiness. Not through strongly held beliefs, but through data, experiments, and the results of the decades long scientific pursuit of truth into the subject of happiness.