World’s 25 Happiest Photos of 2021

Gurugram – December 30, 2021 – First World Happiness Coffee Table Book 2021, presents world’s 25 happiest photos of 2021 from the first World Happiness Photo Contest 2021.

“I am pleased to see that a compilation of photos selected from this year’s first World Happiness Photo Contest is being published… It is my hope that this book will be an encouragement to people to contribute towards achieving this.” – HH Dalai Lama. 

The 25 photographs are selected by an esteemed global jury namely, Prof Ruut Veenhoven, Pioneer and World Authority on the Scientific Study of Happiness , and  Director, World Database of Happiness; Prof Sir Cary Cooper, CBE, A leading global scholar in occupational health and wellness research, President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and Chair, National Forum for Health & Wellbeing at Work, UK; Dr Tal Ben-Sahar, Author, Ex-Faculty Harvard University, Serial entrepreneur Co-Founder, Happiness Studies Academy and Potentiallife; Ms Mandy Seligman, Photographer and Positive Psychology Expert, Founder of; Prof Beth Ames Altringer, Director, Design Lab, Harvard University; Luciano Manzo, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish International; Dr Dasho Karma Ura, Head, Centre for Bhutan and GNH Studies, the government multidisciplinary think tank in Thimphu, Bhutan; Prof Rajesh Pillania, Chief Mentor & Advisor, Happiness Strategy Foundation; Mrs Noof Aljneibi, Director, Emirates Center For Happiness Research & CEO, Happiness and Wellbeing, UAE University; and Ms Nontando Mposo, Editor-In-Chief, Glamour South Africa.

2021 was not the easiest of years, with the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic and other socio-cultural issues affecting the lives of millions negatively. However, Happiness Strategy Foundation looks poised to change this ugly narrative and organized the first World Happiness Photo Contest in 2021 to use the power of images to motivate people and help people stay happy even amidst uncertainties. The contest received participation worldwide, showing moments of people from all walks of life. The organization has taken a step further to publish 25 winning photos of the contest in the 2021 World Happiness Coffee Table Book. The book is edited by Rajesh K Pillania, a leading researcher on happiness in India.

The book is already gaining traction, with accolades coming from different quarters. “Inspiring and beautiful! The stunning photos from the World Happiness Photo Contest 2021 will leave you in awe of the people, cultures and joy in our world,” emphasizes Dr Marshall Goldsmith, the Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author of Triggers, Mojo, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

A lovely book depicting images of happiness from around the world. A call and blessing for greater happiness for all,’ says Dr Emma Seppala, Science Director, Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education; and Faculty, Yale School of Management.

The book is available for free and can be downladed here –

Happiness Strategy Foundation, a not-for-profit, think tank on happiness and well-being has also announced that plans for the 2022 edition of the annual photo contest are already on the way and interested persons can get details for World Happiness Photo Contest 2022 here –


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