HAPPINESS: A GLOBAL PRIORITY
A profound shift in attitudes is underway all over the world. People are now recognising that 'progress' should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy.
All 193 United Nations member states have adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority and March 20 has been declared as the International Day of Happiness.
HAPPINESS AT THE UNITED NATIONS
In July 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a groundbreaking resolution which recognised happiness as a “fundamental human goal” and called for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes... happiness and well-being of all peoples”.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR?
- Happy Heroes campaign. Last year’s campaign theme for the Day of Happiness was celebrating the “Happy Heroes” who do a lot to bring happiness to others.
- Great engagement. The day trended on Twitter and the social media reach of our activities was estimated to be over 3.5 million people globally. Over 40,000 people visited the campaign website on the day.
- Fantastic events. Lots of great events were held including at the House of Lords in London and at the UN headquarters in New York. Other events included happiness documentary screenings in over 30 countries and Happathon, thousands joining a “virtual tea party”, a Positive Messages flash mob in London, laughter on the streets in Hong Kong and free hugs in Washington DC.
Selected Media Coverage from 2013
- U.N.'s Day of Happiness strikes chord (USA Today)
- International happiness day: why it's a serious global issue (Guardian)
- The UN celebrates its first International Happiness Day (Daily Mail)
- Happy International Happiness Day (New York Times)
- International Day of Happiness (Independent)
- International Day of Happiness aims to inspire 100m people (Positive News)
- Look Hard: Today's Day of Happiness May Be Historic (Huffington Post)
- Happy Happiness Day (Huffington Post)
- Why Happiness Should Be a Global Priority (Huffington Post)