International Day of Happiness (& 9 Small Steps We Can Take Daily in the Right Direction)

Last year, the United Nations declared today, March 20th, as International Day of Happiness.

Isn’t that cool?  A day designated to the fundamental human goal of happiness!  Just thinking about that makes me feel happier 🙂


Did you know that the citizens of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan are considered to be amongst the happiest people in the world?  This is where the International Day of Happiness initiative came from.  Bhutan uses an alternative measure of national and societal prosperity to that of other countries.  It’s called the Gross National Happiness Index (GNH). This approach rejects the use of economic wealth as the sole indicator of development, and instead adopts a more holisitc approach, giving the equal weight to the spiritual well-being of its citizens as to that of their material weatlh.

The UN hopes the initiative will encourage governments to consider the well-being of their citizens, rather than focusing efforts solely on economic growth.  It acknowledges that in order to attain global happiness, economic development must be accompanied by social and environmental well being.  Not a bad ideal is it?

9 small steps we can take daily, in the right direction: 

Little fluffy ducklings

  • Be kind
  • Be grateful
  • Be passionate
  • Be empathetic
  • Be generous
  • Be positive
  • Eat well
  • Exercise
  • Breath……….

(Admit it, the fluffy duckling picture made you smile! :-))




6 thoughts on “International Day of Happiness (& 9 Small Steps We Can Take Daily in the Right Direction)

    • I didn’t know about any of it until this morning, when I saw a friend’s facebook post and decided to delve further. I think it’s wonderful! (And it was nice to start my day off with a learning curve.)

  1. Loved this one!

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