International Day of Happiness
Crack Your Biggest Smile for the International Day of Happiness!
On March 20th, the entire world will be filled with beaming smiles and sounds of laughter as everyone celebrates the International Day of Happiness! On this day, we encourage you to fill your happiness cup up to the brim! Extra bonus points for you if you could get the folks around you to do the same!
How It All Began
The quest for global happiness officially started on March 20, 2013, soon after the first United Nations Conference on Happiness took place. It was during this meeting that all 193 countries came together to agree that happiness is every individual’s right, responsibility, and goal.
What is Happiness?
Let’s get back to basics. Happiness can be defined as an emotional or mental state of well-being that’s rooted in sheer contentment and a deep appreciation of life in general. In other words, you know that a person’s happy when you frequently experience positive emotions.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that a happy person has everything good going for him. Every person who’s living and breathing on the face of the earth isn’t immune to the stresses of life. However, the happy person manages to find meaning in negative situations and he doesn’t see them as oppositions but as opportunities.
Happiness is all about perspective. It’s also a choice.
What Can You Do to Be Happy?
Bhutan was the only country who pioneered the measurement of “gross national happiness” before the International Day of Happiness came to be. Its leaders firmly believe that if everyone is bent on pursuing happiness, nations would flourish.
Although every individual’s path to happiness is not the same, there is a common thread in the tapestry of a life filled with joy and fulfillment. This thread can be broken down into two parts: first is how we relate to the world around us in our daily lives, and second is how we relate to ourselves.
Based on this foundation, we’ve listed down practical things that you could apply in your pursuit of happiness:
- Don’t stop doing good things for others.
Be the reason behind somebody else’s smile by giving to others. You can choose to volunteer at the soup kitchen near you, or give presents to your loved ones, or give free haircuts to homeless people.
- Value your relationships.
Your relationships with your loved ones are more precious than anything in this world. Don’t take the people in your life for granted. Make an effort to show them that you love them.
- Be physically healthy.
Be kind to your body by watching what you eat, dancing around the living room, and getting restful sleep.
- Take the time to appreciate the world around you.
Set a date with nature by spending some time at the nearby park. As you breathe in the fresh outdoor air, take the time to enjoy the beauty of the natural environment that surrounds you.
- Always be willing to try out new things.
Whether you like it or not, we are all students of life. Be willing to learn from every experience — whether good or bad. Nurture your thirst for adventure by going somewhere you’ve never been to or doing something that you’ve never done.
- Set realistic goals that you’re genuinely excited about.
If you want to lose a few pounds, be determined to do it until you reach your target weight. If you want to finish law school, stop at nothing until you become a full-fledged lawyer.
- Bounce back after every setback.
Everyone messes up once at some point. Learn how to master forgiveness. You’ll never be genuinely happy unless you forgive yourself and the person who offended you.
- Think about positive thoughts.
Your thoughts will always dictate your emotions and eventually, your whole life. The more positive your thoughts are, the happier you’ll be.
- Learn to love and embrace who you are.
Be friends with yourself because you are the only person that you could never get away from.
- Be a part of something that’s bigger than yourself.
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