THE UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS

The Day of Happiness campaign is a global celebration to mark the UN International Day of Happiness. It is coordinated by Action for Happiness, a non-profit movement of people from over 140 countries and supported by a partnership of like-minded organisations.

 

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.

Ban Ki-moon endorses UN International Day of Happiness

Ban Ki-moon endorses UN International Day of Happiness

First ever UN conference on Happiness and wellbeing

First ever UN conference on Happiness and wellbeing

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”.

In April 2012 the first ever UN conference on Happiness took place in New York and in July 2012 the UN General Assembly adopted a further resolution which decreed that the International Day of Happiness was to be observed every year on 20 March. It was celebrated for the first time in 2013.

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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.
Happy Heroes celebration at the House of Lords for Day of Happiness 2013

Happy Heroes celebration at the House of Lords for Day of Happiness 2013