Happiness on a personal level can make any day better and can add great value to your life. However, what if happiness was applied on a global scale? How would that change the way the economy works or how societies function?
International Day of Happiness is the kind of holiday that aims to see the happiness on a global scale, encouraging others to spread happiness big and small and make radical changes to the way people view the world.
WHEN IS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS ?
International Day of Happiness is a global event arranged by the United Nations annually on March 20. It serves to remind us that being happy is a human right and worth celebrating — and if you’re not already happy on this day, the celebrations may change that!
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESSS AROUND THE WORLD
|Japan||Coming of Age Day||The day congratulates people who have just turned 20 and entered adulthood.||Second Monday of January|
|China||Mid-Autumn Festival||The people of China jubilantly celebrate the harvest.||15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar|
|India||Diwali||The biggest celebration of India spreads happiness and joy with friends and family.||Date varies according to the Hindu calendar|
|Ghana||National Chocolate Day||Chocolate and happiness go hand in hand on this day.||February 14|
|Brazil||Dia dos Namorados||Lovers Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm.||June 12|
History of International Day of Happiness
International Day of Happiness has a huge global history regarding its creation and founding. It was introduced by Advisor Jayme Illien, CEO of the United Nations New Economic Paradigm Project and founder of capitalism.
The General Assembly of the United Nations agreed with this idea and proclaimed this day as International Day of Happiness back in July of 2012. According to the United Nations, this holiday recognizes the relevance of happiness as being an essential part of universal goals and aspirations when it comes to public policy.
Happiness can bring an inclusive, balanced approach to economic growth and can promote sustainable development, reduce, and bring about well-being for many people.
The resolution to the holiday was brought about by Bhutan, a country that adopted the idea of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product, hosting meetings, and presentations at the sixty-sixth session at the General Assembly.
Today, the holiday is celebrated and hosted by various organizations, including Action for Happiness, Happinessday.org, and the United Nations. Through these websites, people can share their stories about what makes them happy, how their happiness contributes to their impact on the global economy.
Throughout the day, people share inspirational stories about how they inspire happiness in others, share the holiday logo, and post all over social media how happiness can make way towards a better future.
BY THE NUMBERS
6 or 7 – the number of hours spent socializing per day that leads to the highest levels of happiness.
10 – the number of friends it takes to give your well‑being a big boost.
5 – the number of positive interactions happy couples have for every negative one.
$75,000 – the annual salary it takes to put a smile on the average person’s face.
25% – the percentage increase in happiness from having a close friend living nearby.
33 – the general age that is considered the ‘happiest.’
40% – the approximate percentage of your happiness that is truly up to you.
15.3% – the percentage increase in your happiness if a loved one is happy.
50% – the percentage of our happiness that is genetic.
37% – the percentage by which your happiness increases by wearing bright colors.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS DATES