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Why does happiness matter?

International Day of Happiness is on March 20

Happiness is the essential need of human beings. Happiness is considered a fundamental right of every human being.

The United Nations observes the International Day of Happiness highlighting the importance of happiness in people’s lives.  The day creates awareness of factors that are a hindrance to happiness. These hindrances are barriers to achieving Sustainable Development Goals.  

It is the responsibility of the national and international leadership to assist people in the pursuit of happiness.

In 2012, the first-ever UN conference on Happiness took place. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution decreeing to observe the International Day of Happiness on March 20, 2013.

The United Nations celebrates the International Day of Happiness to recognize the importance of happiness in people’s lives worldwide.

The theme of Happiness Day 2022 focuses upon three basic factors of attaining happiness.

  • Keep Calm: Keeping cool and calm in every situation is the key to satisfaction and happiness.
  • Stay Wise: In tough circumstances, wise steps lead to success.
  • Be Kind: Be kind to others in their needs, mistakes and errors.

In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness. The global community aspires to achieve these goals by 2030.

The General Assembly of the United Nations recognizes the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals.

According to international leadership, collective happiness will emerge if these issues are addressed internationally.

The United Nations invites each person of any age, plus every classroom, business, and government, to celebrate the International Day of Happiness.

The importance of happiness should be known to everyone, celebrating our everyday pleasures and joys and avoiding behaviors that rob happiness.

“Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There is not going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not,” said Valerie Bertinelli.


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.

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