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The Happiness Sum

At: Lancaster City Museum
By: Gemma Wood
Credit: Light Up The North SHINE Programme


The Happiness Sum is a playful, interactive installation that poses important questions about what activities make us happy …. and by how much!  Beautiful and intriguing it encourages us to check if, in our fast-paced society, we are maximising our happiness potential.


Based on the ideas of 18th century philosopher, Jeremy Bentham, the Happiness Sum is a fun way to compare and contrast different activities, our own and others to see which ones are getting the ‘high scorers’ and why?


Have a go – you may even end up starting a new hobby – and check out our hive of happiness and discover what makes the people of Lancaster most happy!