International Happiness Day is a holiday created by the United Nations to remind people across the globe, the importance of striving towards being happy.
The idea behind the day is that society’s progress should not just be measured by a growing economy, but also by how content people are.
It came after all 193 member states of the UN adopted a resolution for the well-being of people to be given a greater priority.
The day is run by Action for Happiness whose mission statement is: “I will try to create more happiness in the world around me.”
International Happiness Day 2017 is being celebrated on March 20 and is held on the same day every year.
The first International Happiness Day was marked in 2013 after the first ever UN conference on happiness took place the previous year.
At that conference, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that declared the day would be marked every year.
Each year, International Happiness Day has a theme and these have included relationships and reclaiming happiness.
In 2017, the theme of International Happiness Day is the ’10 steps to happiness’.
Many authors, musicians, philosophers and business people have shared their wisdom about being happy.
Pharrell Williams spoke at the UN back in 2015 stating ‘happiness is your birthright’.
Dr Seuss, who once said: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
Fellow children’s author Roald Dahl wrote in his book The Twits: “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
Be happy, everybody – you owe it to yourself.