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By Hannah Bruneman
June 17, 2019

IKEA thinks they found the key to happiness, but they need your help to be sure. In a dream job announcement, the company is searching for a lucky adult to move to Denmark for two weeks. There, the chosen candidate will test IKEA’s theory that happiness is found in the home. Doesn’t sound like a typical job? It’s not.

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IKEA’s happiness theory is rooted in statistics that show Danes are some of the happiest people in the world. According to the World Happiness Report, Denmark is the second happiest county in the world (Finland is first). IKEA wanted to know why, so they took a look at how its people live. Each year, IKEA surveys 20,000 individuals across the globe about their home habits and beliefs. When looking at the Danes’ results, for example, four out of five have a personal space in their home and half tidy up to feel relief.

So, how does all this fit into the job?

The Happiness Hunter, as they lovingly call it, will be on a mission to understand the true essence of Danish home life. Their curiosity will lead them to learn the authentic ways of hygge and see the Danish lifestyle without a filter. They might find that the color scheme is the true key to happiness or that it’s all about the organizational solutions. Their goal will be to see if we can recreate the Danes’ happiness just by focusing on our homes.

The applicant will live in a temporary home in Copenhagen and spend two weeks learning how to live like a local. They’ll visit homes, go on tours, be taken to dinner, and get to do some exploring of their own. The whole time, they will document their findings on film and share their work with IKEA Home View, a website dedicated to finding the key to happiness at home.

Related: The 2019 IKEA Catalog Is Out Now

While gathering research, the Happiness Hunter won’t have to worry about the small stuff. IKEA will provide housing and a salary for their services. They’ll also take care of planning and financing all travel expenses. Bonus perk: Free meatballs at the IKEA restaurant!

Do we have your attention yet? Getting down to the nitty-gritty, you must be a legal adult in your country and at least 18 years of age. They’re looking for someone who is willing to be in front of a camera and interact with new cultures. If this is you, apply online by July 1. The applicant will be chosen a few weeks later.

Whether we’re chosen or not, we can’t wait to see what the Happiness Hunter discovers. If what they say is true, then we’ll have to start looking to Scandinavian style for our next big makeover.

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