How To Celebrate International Day Of Happiness

Written by Active Minds on Thursday the 2nd of March 2017.

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The 20th March is the International Day of Happiness. Founded in 2012, the United Nations has established this day to promote the idea that the pursuit of happiness is universal, recognising that successful global growth must be accompanied by social and environmental well-being and happiness.

People across the world are encouraged to get involved. This can be as simple as doing something that makes you happy, whether that is exercising, listening to a piece of music or spending time with friends and family, the idea is to spend this day doing things that makes you and the people around you happy.

Whatever you choose to do, spread this happiness; smile at a stranger, offer to help someone carry their bags or pay someone a compliment. Any act, big or small, will make a huge difference to someone’s day . For more ideas on how to get involved, you can download the “Ten Keys To Happier Living” here. You can also pledge to create more happiness in the world.

Each year has brought a variety of ‘happy’ activities, spreading laughter and well-being across the globe. For example, 2013 saw “… celebrations all over the world: meditation in Bhutan, happy flash mobs in London, laughter yoga in Hong Kong and screenings of the film Happy in coffee shops all over the world. The day had a trending hashtag on twitter and its own website dayofhappiness.net” (USA Today).