International Day of Happiness (march 20)

International Day of Happiness

It’s a day to be happy, of course! Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.   

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

Background

The General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 66/281 of 12 July 2012 proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness, recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.

It also recognized the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples.

The resolution was initiated by Bhutan, a country which recognized the value of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product.

HOW TO RESPOND

Here are 3 positive steps we can all take when facing difficult times:

Keep Calm

There are lots of things outside our control. Let’s remember to breathe and focus on what really matters so we can respond constructively.

Stay Wise

Making wise choices helps everyone. Let’s choose positive actions that support our wellbeing and help others to do the same.

Be Kind

We’re all in this together, even when we’re forced apart. Let’s stay connected and reach out to help others who may be in need.