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“I wish everyone around the world a very happy International Day of Happiness! The pursuit of happiness is serious business. Happiness for the entire human family is one of the main goals of the United Nations. Peace, prosperity, lives of dignity for all — this is what we seek.” UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

International Day Of Happiness: Celebrate #internationaldayofhappiness

International Day Of Happiness: Celebrate #internationaldayofhappiness

United Nations: International Day of Happiness 2016 – Angry Birds for a Happy Planet

What is the 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 UN just launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.
The United Nations invites each person of any age, plus every classroom, business and government to celebrate the International Day of Happiness each year on March 20. This year, even cartoon characters have joined in as the United Nations teams up with a group famous for lacking good cheer: the Angry Birds UN Happiness Day

How Did This Day Come About? Today is the 4th celebration of International Happiness Day and the First day of Spring! If you’ve been wondering what to do on this Palm Sunday, I’ll say cheer up, look around you and find one thing to make you smile.  Happiness is a choice and, while there is much grief and suffering on our planet, we can all make some effort to spread love, joy and acts of kindness to our fellow men/women; we have plenty to be happy about. How did IHD start?  In 2011, Jayme Illien of Illien Global Public Benefit Corporation approached the United Nations Organization with a proposal to have March 20 designated as International Happiness Day. It was a project close to Jayme’s heart and the UN was delighted to jump aboard. With the support of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon and all the 193 member states,  on June 28, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly  unanimously adopted UN resolution 66/281  which agreed, in part, that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal…”   You can join in today by taking the pledge and dowload a free happiness guide to shift your mood and thoughts : – “I will try to create more happiness in the world around me” (The Action for Happiness pledge)

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” Aristotle

International Day Of Happiness: Celebrate #internationaldayofhappiness

International Day Of Happiness: Celebrate #internationaldayofhappiness

International Day Of Happiness: Celebrate #internationaldayofhappiness

International Day Of Happiness: Celebrate #internationaldayofhappiness

Pharrell Williams – International Day of Happiness

Without this, we operate with only a tiny fraction of the information we need and this leads to the impression that we must choose between promoting economic growth, protecting the environment or developing human happiness and well-being. Such an impression would be shown as a false choice if environmental sustainability and social well-being were appropriately included in our measures of economic success. His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales

Why Take part in International Day of Happiness 2016?  According to the WORLD HAPPINESS REPORT 2015, research in the neuroscience of happiness suggests that if we want to maintain our overall well-being and neural bases, we need four key supports; 1. sustained positive emotions. 2. recovery from negative emotions. 3. empathy, altruism, and pro-social behavior, and 4. a good dose of mind-wandering, mindfulness and emotion captured attention. So consider that taking action on this day fits in well with things we can do to affect our mind and mood in a positive way. If you were fortunate enough to live in the top 10 ranked nations in 2012-14 for happiness 1. Switzerland. 2. Iceland 3. Denmark 4. Norway 5. Canada 6. Finland 7. Netherlands 8. Sweden 9. New Zealand and 10. Australia, you’d already be ahead of the game. The USA ranked #15 and the UK #21. What the top 10 countries have in common is that they take care of their own and provide for the downtrodden. We can all do our part by helping each other and learning from the 10 tips offered in this free Happiness Guidebook download packed full of terrific ideas and ways we can all live happier lives. The 10 tips are shared below

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“At this time of grave injustices, devastating wars, mass displacement, grinding poverty and other man-made causes of suffering, the International Day of Happiness is a global chance to assert that peace, well-being and joy deserve primacy.” UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

International Day Of Happiness: Celebrate #internationaldayofhappiness

International Day Of Happiness: Celebrate #internationaldayofhappiness

United Nations: The stars of The Angry Birds Movie join UN Secretary-General

Founded on the belief that happiness can be achieved by balancing the needs of the body with those of the mind within a peaceful and secure environment, it requires that the purpose of development must be to create enabling conditions through public policy for the pursuit of the ultimate goal of happiness by all citizens. In short, GNH is a sustainability based, well-being centric, inclusive economic model. Former Prime Minister of Bhutan Jigmi Thinley

What are the 10 Steps/Tips to a Happier Life? According to Action For Happiness, there are 10 keys to living our dreams and a happier life: 1. Giving – Do for others. 2. Relating – Connect w/ people. 3. Exercising – Take care of your body. 4. Awareness – Live life mindfully 5. Trying Out – Keep Learning anew 6. Direction – Have goals. 7. Risilience – Find ways to bounce back. 8. Emotions – Look for good. 9. Acceptance – Be comfortable with YOU.  AND  10. Meaning – Be part of something bigger… and go for it.  Our actions and participation are important aspects of the work needed to create more Happiness in our lives. there will be people who might try to derail us but stay true to your joy and know that sooner or later, those people will fade out of your life… Good begets good.  All we do in life, every action, thought, word, and belief we hold is part of an effort to connect with that joyful, happy place inside our being.  Go there and celebrate the life you do have!

Positive Motivation Tip:  Be happy for the breath you take and continue by taking the 10 steps to a happier life!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Official logo of the United Nations International Day of Happiness by Juniperusco via and/or Wikipedia and Happiness via Pixabay

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

72 Comments leave one →
  1. Sofia Byrd (@frompdxwithlove) permalink
    20/03/2016 3:54 pm

    “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Happy Happiness Day!

  2. Athena permalink
    20/03/2016 5:00 pm

    I had no idea there was such a thing as an International Day of Happiness but I am thrilled to know such a thing exists!

  3. amillionpebbles permalink
    20/03/2016 5:28 pm

    What a great post! So inspirational!! Thank you and keep up the good work!

  4. 20/03/2016 7:16 pm

    It’s so fascinating how significant happiness is linked to our overall health, don’t you think? To me it seems so much easier to be happy than miserable. I wonder why some people can’t seem to get out of their own way and find happiness?

    • 20/03/2016 10:36 pm

      Good question. I wonder too. I’ve always believed that happiness is a choice and some people choose to not embrace it.

  5. Susan Body Renovations permalink
    20/03/2016 7:41 pm

    Happiness fill your day!

  6. RonRon permalink
    20/03/2016 7:51 pm

    Happy International Day of Happiness everyone. Never knew that there’s a day for it until I read this post.

  7. transportabletribe permalink
    20/03/2016 8:57 pm

    As good of reason as any to be happy!

  8. 21/03/2016 12:37 am

    I wish you happiness every day sweetheart!

  9. Karlyn Flores permalink
    21/03/2016 1:25 am

    It’s important to keep us happy everyday and every minutes, we only live once haha

  10. militaryfamof8 permalink
    21/03/2016 2:40 am

    Great post!
    My kids made cupcakes in celebration of international day of happiness. Next year they want to bake for family and friends.

  11. Nicole permalink
    21/03/2016 2:46 am

    For me, don’t choose our happiness, create it! Every day should be International day of happiness! Great post.

  12. serenityyou permalink
    21/03/2016 3:17 am

    Only just learned that such a day existed. Great idea!

  13. Kati permalink
    21/03/2016 4:29 am

    Happy Happiness Day to everyone! I had no idea such thing existed, but I’m glad it does 🙂

  14. Fashion Travels (@tauyanm) permalink
    21/03/2016 5:31 am

    indeed all of us need to celebrate this. we need to feel happy and make other people to at least forget all the not so good things that is happening around us

  15. Terri Ramsey Beavers permalink
    21/03/2016 6:03 am

    I try (and fail because of chronic back pain) to be happy all the time. I am so glad there is a day of happiness that everyone can celebrate.

    • 21/03/2016 8:43 am

      I do hope you find some way to help your back… I find restorative yoga poses and physical therapy help a lot..

  16. Jojo Vito permalink
    21/03/2016 6:21 am

    celebrating happiness….happiness all starts with happy thoughts 🙂

  17. Amy permalink
    21/03/2016 7:13 am

    Thanks for being so concise, I didn’t realise there was so much to it! What a wonderful day to smile and reflect on the things and people that make us happy day to day

  18. alison permalink
    21/03/2016 11:32 am

    Happy happiness Day! This is so cool! I love how you gave tips on how to be happy! I agree with serving others and having direction in your life!

  19. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    22/03/2016 2:54 am

    That’s awesome that happiness has its own special day now. It would be amazing if happiness will be celebrated everyday.

  20. Rosey permalink
    22/03/2016 3:46 am

    Palm Sunday is a good day to start the practice of being happy (if people already were not). 🙂 Of course, any day is a good day to be happy… 🙂

  21. Rosey permalink
    22/03/2016 3:47 am

    oh…and are you singing the song now? lol Instantly ‘happy’ came into my head and is playing over and over, lol. 🙂 Have a great week!

  22. Krystle Chaney Cook permalink
    22/03/2016 5:17 am

    That’s so cool that International Happiness Day and 1st day of Spring fell on the same day. I know spring makes me happy!

  23. Renata Pereira permalink
    22/03/2016 8:04 am

    Happiness is a state of mind… Some people choose to constantly focus on the wrong things in pursuit of happiness, and no wonder they don’t arrive anywhere. Happiness comes from inside, from accepting who you are and that we are all special in a unique way.

  24. Idaintyit permalink
    22/03/2016 9:03 am

    There is an international day for everything these days isn’t there?! I can’t keep up LOL I like the happiness day though, great post

  25. Nova permalink
    22/03/2016 12:07 pm

    I must start reading more because I really don’t have any clue that we do have an International Day of Happiness.

  26. Dana Peller (@Pellerini) permalink
    22/03/2016 1:41 pm

    I wish I read this 2 days ago! Happy belated Happiness Day to you! I love the 10 tips to a happier life – some things we should all take mention of!

  27. Kristie permalink
    22/03/2016 5:44 pm

    It is such a blessing to have days where happiness comes easily, but I agree that often it is a conscious decision. It’s nice to have a day to remind us that we always have a choice 🙂

  28. Monika Celly permalink
    23/03/2016 12:29 am

    Hope you had a great day celebrating . I never knew about this one. Thanks for sharing this beautiful article.

  29. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen permalink
    23/03/2016 11:01 am

    I didn’t know there’s an International day of Happiness! Well, belated Happy International Day of Happiness to you!

  30. suchi permalink
    23/03/2016 3:43 pm

    super cute post! wish you loads of happiness!

  31. Maria Teresa Figuerres permalink
    23/03/2016 11:27 pm

    Of the 10 things in the list to become happy, there’s one thing I really need to prioritize right now: exercising. I know doing so releases happy hormones, and it makes us physically fit and strong. So I should definitely go back to including it in my daily routine.

  32. thoughtfeeder permalink
    24/03/2016 12:10 am

    each day should be celebrated as a day of happiness!

  33. diadarling permalink
    24/03/2016 8:06 am

    We often take happiness for granted. It’s such an amazing uplifting thing and you don’t realize till it’s gone

  34. bearsi permalink
    24/03/2016 4:57 pm

    I never knew this day existed, but it is such a great thing to be celebrating! mArie

  35. asbestrecipes permalink
    24/03/2016 9:30 pm

    Happiness what a nice word yet so precious sentiment we all should keep a positive attitude to feel happy inside

  36. Sylvia Jules Kal permalink
    25/03/2016 6:03 am

    Immediately I thought of Pharrell’s song, Because I am happy…the tune is stuck in my mind now. I didn’t know there was an International Happiness Day…Yet, why now? 🙂 Love it. I am happy

  37. Monroe Bishop permalink
    25/03/2016 9:41 pm

    Happiness Day should be everyday ….but I’m glad this day exists! Love it

  38. thehamiltoninc permalink
    27/03/2016 1:30 pm

    I will definitely participate in Happiness day going forward. Any reason or excuse to be happy outside of causing pain to others is a good one! 🙂

  39. Louise x (@withlovefromlou) permalink
    29/03/2016 12:36 pm

    I had no idea that the International Day of Happiness existed. However, I am super glad it does. I love it when people are happy, even if it’s just for a short while 🙂

    Louise x

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