It’s Monday the 20th of March, and it’s time to say goodbye to those Monday blues because today is International Day of Happiness!

Are you sat at your office desk without a smile on your face? Are you feeling lethargic at school or university? It’s time to change that!

This campaign is a global celebration to mark the United Nations International Day of Happiness. Action for Happiness is a non-profit movement of people from 160 countries, supported by a partnership of like-minded organisations and they coordinate this campaign!

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

“This International Day of Happiness is more than just a fun celebration; it also remind us all that the world is a better place when we connect with and care about the people around us.”Dr Mark Williamson (March 2015)

To celebrate this day, we asked our friends and family what makes them happy and what they define as happiness!

We got some excellent responses – the majority of people answering that their dog makes them happy – which we certainly understand! We’re here today to spread joy and happiness and show you what makes people happy!

What makes you happy?

  • The summer and sunshine!
  • Friends!
  • Winning at the races!
  • Walking the dogs with my boyfriend!
  • Music!
  • Beautiful weather outside!
  • Puppies!
  • Walking in Nature!
  • Garlic Bread!
  • Walking my pooch!
  • Seeing my family and friends excited about what they’re doing whether it’s their job, hobbies or future or just buzzing off music!
  • My dog!
  • Getting good grades on my University work!
  • Realising it’s the weekend!
  • Cake!
  • Waking up after a night out with money left in my bank account!
  • My girlfriend!
  • A glass of chocolate milk and a comfy sofa to read on!Being curled up in a duvet drinking hot blackcurrant juice!
    Sitting in the sunshine sipping a latte with my husband and dog!
  • Chinese food!
  • My children!
  • A new Crime Box set, a bottle of red wine and Baked Camembert!
  • My Mama!
  • Anything that my daughter does that makes me feel proud!

What defines happiness for you?

  • Happiness is a feeling of fulfilment and lack of anxiety.
  • Happiness is a feeling that can make you believe in yourself and project positive vibes on to other people!
  • Happiness is when your kids sleep past 7am!
  • Happiness is often overrated and we should be encouraged to aim for satisfaction in the form of pure contentment – with touches of happiness in those occasional moments when it feels like ‘right at that moment – everything feels calm and sorted enough to allow 100% relaxation and the ultimate contentment!’
  • Happiness is the simple things: sunny days, no queue at the ticket office, random acts of kindness… It doesn’t have to be the big things.
  • Happiness is hearing a blackbird singing its heart out, watching the garden come to life in the spring, hearing waves washing onto a beach, all simple pleasures but they touch the heart.
  • Happiness is the smell of a newly mown lawn; the first glimpse of the sea when driving down for a holiday (childhood happiness). The smile on my Grandson’s face when he sees me.
  • From a Buddhist’s perspective… Happiness is purely subjective, relativistic, emotive, or attitudinal. They also maintain that sources of happiness cannot be properly identified. On this issue, Buddhism takes a different position. The Buddhist position is that there is an inseparable connection between morality and happiness: What is morally good leads to happiness. What is morally bad leads to unhappiness!


Take part in the International Day of Happiness 2017 and you will receive a Happiness Guidebook,  a Happiness Pack for Kids and a World Happiness Report!

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