March 20 is more than just a day to be happy. It’s a time when we are given the opportunity to recognize the importance of happiness in everyone’s lives as a fundamental human goal. The International Day of Happiness calls upon countries to approach public policies so that the wellbeing of all people is improved.
Happiness can make your day better and add value to your life. Imagine if it was applied on a global scale. How will that affect the way the economy works and the way societies function?
According to the WHO, around 300 million people are living with depression. We can only imagine the number of people living with undiagnosed lack of happiness. We are constantly under pressure to succeed in a fast-paced society so we often put our well-being on the back burner. This can take a serious toll on our emotional and mental health and affect us as an individual. That’s why celebrating the International Day of Happiness is important as we have a chance to put happiness in the spotlight.
This day was created and founded by Jayme Illien, founder or Happytalism and CEO of the United Nations New Economic Paradigm Project. In July 2012, it was proclaimed as International Day of Happiness by the General Assembly of The United Nations. This holiday acknowledges the importance of happiness as being a crucial part of universal aspirations and goals in regards to public policy.
The initiative to declare an international day of happiness came from the country with the happiest citizens in the world – Bhutan. This country put the value of national happiness before national income, adopting the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product.
Nowadays, the International Day of Happiness is hosted and celebrated by the United Nations, Happinessday.org, Action for Happiness, and other organizations. We get the chance to share our stories about happiness through their websites, spreading the word about how each person’s happiness affects the global economy.
On this day, people share the holiday logo and their own inspirational stories about happiness on social media to remind everyone that happiness can bring about a better future.
The United Nations has designated a special day for happiness to attract attention that economic growth must be balanced, equitable, and inclusive so that it can promote sustainable development and reduce poverty in the world. According to them, economic development should be accompanied by environmental and social wellbeing in order to achieve global happiness.
The Sustainable Development Goals launched in 2015 seek to reduce inequality, end poverty, and protect our planet. These are the three main aspects that can lead to happiness and well-being.
International Day of Happiness in 2020
The theme of this year’s International Day of Happiness is Happier Together, with the emphasis on what people have in common rather than what divides them.
Join the millions of people who celebrate this holiday by participating in some of the happiness week events, or sharing what makes you happy on social media using hashtags #internationaldayofhappiness, #tenbillionhappy, #happinessday, etc.
But, most importantly, do the things that make you happy. Donate to charity, go out, have fun, exercise, meditate, spend time with family and friends, help others, and spread happiness.
Remember, smiles are healthy and contagious. So, smile more and spread happiness around you.
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