Every year on March 20, the United Nations celebrates the International Day of Happiness. With our planet experiencing unprecedented challenges, it is more important than ever to be happy. The purpose of the International Day of Happiness is to raise awareness on the value of happiness in one’s life and the overall impact it can have on a person’s well-being.
International Day of Happiness 2022: It was celebrated for the first time in 2013. It is an annual event recognised by the United Nations to promote the idea that feeling happy is a universal human right. According to scientists, the key to human wellness is strong social ties and a sense of purpose in life. Some believe that having a positive mindset is responsible for as much as 90 percent of our feelings of well-being. It is also said that people who are happy tend to live longer and have fewer health problems. Read below in detail about the day.
“Build Back Happier” is the theme for 2022, and is aimed at achieving global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Families and friends have been unable to be together for long periods of time due to lockdowns and pandemic-related norms. The economy and people’s livelihoods have been severely harmed. This means that in many regions, happiness is at an all-time low.
So, as we commemorate this day this year, think about what actually makes you happy and how you might pursue it despite the present normal.
International Day of Happiness: History
Since 2013, the International Day of Happiness is celebrated by the United Nations.
The resolution 66/281 of 12 July 2012 of the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 20 March as the International Day of Happiness stating the relevance of happiness and well-being as a goal and aspiration in the lives of people around the world. Also, to recognise the importance of public policy objectives. It also focused on the need for a more comprehensive, reasonable, unbiased, 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 to recognise the value of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product. It had also hosted a High-Level Meeting on the agenda “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm” during the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly.
The UN in 2015 launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet. These are the three key aspects to lead well-being and happiness.
Traditions of the day
Everyone has their own definition of happiness, or things that make them happy, which is why there are no traditions set in stone for this day. Happiness is about feeling content and not having to fake your feelings, so whatever makes you happy, you do you! Being internally happy is key to being satisfied with your surroundings, so challenge yourself and be open to new people and experiences. Cherish the little things, and be grateful for everything in that moment.