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International Day of Happiness 2024— Happier and Kinder Together

12:00am | | Tips and Advice

Wallowing in the warmth of a precious puppy cuddling closely to your chest.  

Gently smiling to the contagiously gleeful giggling of a precious baby.

Smelling the sweet aroma of a fresh batch of gooey, chocolate-chip cookies baking in the oven.

Walking barefoot along the silky sand of the seaside—wind whisking through your hair, as you listen to the soothing sound of waves tumbling onto the shore.

There are many experiences that we encounter in our everyday lives that make us happy. 

International Day of Happiness is all about appreciating the happiness that is already present in our lives that is often taken for granted, highlighting the impact and significance of happiness in the human experience, and striving to share this happiness with others.

What is International Day of Happiness, and Why do We Celebrate it?

International Day of Happiness, created by the United Nations and coordinated by the non-profit organization Action for Happiness, is a global recognition of the importance of human happiness, as well as a celebration of the happiness that already exists in our lives.

As the world has progressed, so have we as humans. We no longer spend our entire lives in survival mode fending off saber tooth tigers—Rather, we seek to lead fulfilling lives with purpose. 

In this day and age, “people are recognizing that ‘progress’ should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy.”

This concept of prioritizing happiness led to the UN General Assembly adopting a resolution in 2011 that “recognized happiness as a ‘fundamental human goal’ and called for ‘a more inclusive, equitable, and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples.”

The following year, in 2012, the first ever UN conference on happiness was held.

It was at this conference that the UN General Assembly decided to officially adopt the observation of International Day of Happiness and set a date.

When is International Day of Happiness 2024?

International Day of Happiness is on March 20 every year. This year, in 2024, International Day of Happiness falls on a Wednesday.

In What Year was International Day of Happiness Officially Established?

International Day of Happiness was officially established in 2012 at the UN conference on happiness. However, the first official International Day of Happiness was celebrated in 2013.

What is the Theme for International Day of Happiness 2024?

The theme for International Day of Happiness 2024 is: “Happier and Kinder Together.”

This theme revolves around the idea that “lasting happiness comes from feeling connected to others and being part of something bigger.”

Action for Happiness—What Can You Do to Spread Kindness?

1. “Give positive comments to as many people as possible.”

Just one compliment from a friend, loved one, coworker, or even a perfect stranger can completely transform someone’s day, as well as possibly their entire outlook on life.

These affirmations have the power to uplift spirits, promote a sense of validation and appreciation, increase motivation, enhance self-esteem, and foster stronger relationships by building trust, forming connections, and creating a nurturing environment.

Additionally, spreading positivity creates a ripple effect, influencing others to reciprocate kindness and contribute to a more supportive and uplifting community.

2. “Really listen to what people say, without judging them.”

We may hear people talking every day, but how often do we take the time to actually listen to them without judgement?

Remember that you can’t have kindness without compassion or empathy.

Truly listening to what people say, without passing judgment, is a powerful way to show empathy and respect for their experiences and perspectives.

By embracing this approach, we create a safe space for open communication and authentic interactions, paving the way for meaningful connections and mutual growth.

3. “Share encouraging news story to inspire others.”

Sharing encouraging news stories to inspire others has a profound impact by instilling hope and optimism in individuals facing challenges.

These stories serve as powerful reminders of resilience and human achievement, motivating others to persevere and pursue their own goals.

By spreading positivity and highlighting uplifting narratives, we contribute to a collective sense of empowerment and belief in the potential for positive change.

4. “Reach out to a friend, family member, or colleague for support.”

In today's stressful, hectic, and fast-paced world, taking a moment to reach out to a friend, family member, or colleague for support can make all the difference.

Whether it's sharing a laugh, venting about a tough day, or seeking advice, connecting with someone you trust can provide comfort and perspective.

 By initiating these connections, we not only strengthen our relationships but also create a supportive network that helps us navigate life's ups and downs with empathy, love, and resilience.

Inspirational International Day of Happiness Quotes

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

-Steven Kloves

“Maybe happiness didn’t have to be about the big sweeping circumstances, about having everything in your life in place. Maybe it was about stringing together a bunch of small pleasures.”

 -Ann Brashares

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”

-Steve Maraboli

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

-Dalai Lama

Have a Happy International Day of Happiness!

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