International Day of Happiness was first celebrated 20 March 2013 and events now occur annually across the world. There have been much celebrity support around this day including Pharrell Williams with one of my favourite songs Happy.
The International Day of Happiness was proclaimed at General Assembly of the UN on 12 July 2012 as March 20th to recognise the relevance to happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.
I understand the day was chosen as it is the Spring/Autumn Equinox (depending on which hemisphere you live in) and is the day when the Sun crosses the celestial equator being the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator from south to north (vice versa in September) giving a nearly equal length of day and night.
The World Happiness Report 2016 Update has just been released and ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels. Denmark took out the top honour this year with the report noting that inequality strongly correlated with unhappiness. Populous nations such as China, India and the United States came in at 83, 118 and 13 respectively Countries at the bottom of the list include Syria, Burundi and Afghanistan where there is much unrest and instability.
For those interested to find out more it is available download free here: http://5c28efcb768db11c7204-4ffd2ff276d22135df4d1a53ae141422.r82.cf5.rackcdn.com/HR-V1_web.pdfAs much as the study of happiness is expanding I do believe that the findings are just a glimpse into our lives and we all find happiness in our own way wherever we are.
So this Sunday 20th March will you pledge to try to create more happiness in the world?
I know I will.