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.
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 recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which 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 join in the celebration of the International Day of Happiness.
The initiative to declare a day of happiness came from Bhutan — a country whose citizens are considered to be some of the happiest people in the world. The Himalayan Kingdom has championed an alternative measure of national and societal prosperity, called the Gross National Happiness Index (GNH).
The GNH rejects the sole use of economic and material wealth as an indicator of development and instead adopts a more holistic outlook, where spiritual well-being of citizens and communities is given as much importance as their material well-being.