The #1 Smile-Inducing Way to Celebrate International Day of Happiness

Given the world’s many problems—climate change, poverty, the global water crisis, to mention a few—it might seem frivolous for the United Nations to declare a day just for happiness. We all want to be happy, but do we really need a day to remind us of that?

The answer is a resounding yes. Happiness and well-being are essential for a sustainable future. Recognizing this, the U.N. declared March 20 an International Day of Happiness.

In 2015, the organization launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which together focus on ending poverty, reducing inequality and protecting our planet. According to their research, these three aspects are key for well-being and happiness.

Longevity researcher Dan Buettner arrived at a similar conclusion after studying the world’s happiest people. According to his findings, things like life satisfaction, a feeling of equality and living with purpose matter. Without them, he says, you’ll have a hard time feeling happy.

If you’re reading this, chances are things like poverty and access to clean water aren’t concerns for you. Like me, you’re faced with first world problems, like paying bills, meeting deadlines and managing your smartphone addiction.

Yet life can be tough for us, too. Unemployment, loss of a loved one, illness—these things can play havoc with our happiness and wellbeing. But I think we can agree that, for the most part, we have it pretty good.

7 Days of Intentional Kindness

International Day of Happiness

The theme for this year’s International Day of Happiness is “Happier Together”. What better way to celebrate than by making a difference to the people around us?

Why? Well, because it’s a nice thing to do, but also because it will make you happier.

Scientists at Oxforford University teamed up with feel-good nonprofit Kindness.org to test the hypothesis that engaging in a week of acts of kindness would have a positive effect on happiness, life satisfaction, compassion, trust, positivity regarding humanity and social connection.

The short answer? It absolutely did. Even more gratifying, they also noted that the more kind acts a participant completed, the greater the effect on their wellbeing. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering how you can quit your job and make being kind a full-time gig.

Make Kindness the Norm (and Be Happier)

Embarking on a kindness quest will make you and the people around you happier, but don’t stop there. There are so many ways we can be kind, let’s make it a daily habit to do something to make a difference.

The guys at Random Acts of Kindness have plenty of ideas to get you inspired  If we all normalize kindness the world will be a happier place. And we’ll be happier, too. Talk about a sweet win-win. Let’s go ahead and spread some joy germs.

32 comments

Daniel N
Daniel N6 days ago

Thanks

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Kathy K
Kathy K27 days ago

Great idea. Thanks.

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Janet B
Janet B28 days ago

Thanks

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Alina Kanaski
Alina Kanaski29 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Leanne K
Leanne K29 days ago

Not real happy I missed it. Ok I must put that in my diary for next year. May there be many happy days for all of us

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Paulo R
Paulo R29 days ago

ty

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Naomi D
Naomi Dreyer29 days ago

The Baha'i Faith states: '' Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path. ''

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Naomi D
Naomi Dreyer29 days ago

The Baha’i Faith emphasizes kindness, asking each human being to be infinitely kind: “To be silent concerning the faults of others, to pray for them, and to help them, through kindness, to correct their faults. To look always at the good and not at the bad.''

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Sherry Kohn
Sherry K29 days ago

Many thanks to you !

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Danuta W
Danuta W29 days ago

Thanks for sharing

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