We are celebrating the International Day of Happiness on the 20th of March. This is a global celebration that is coordinated by a non-profit movement:
Action for Happiness. People join forces to promote happiness on this day.
This day is an officially recognised United Nations Day that “recognizes that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal and that there is a need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples”.
Last year, the UN joined forces with the famous game, “Angry Birds”, for the International Day of Happiness and used the opportunity to draw attention to the effects of climate change on the environment. The slogan of last year’s event was “Angry Birds, Happy Planet”. People across the world promoted action against climate change by tweeting and uploading photos to social media with the hashtag #AngryBirdsHappyPlanet. In 2015, the UN teamed up with singer Pharrell Williams to encourage supporters to sign the Live Earth Petition, which also focused on demanding that governments focus on tackling climate change issues.
Here are a few profound quotes on happiness:
- Health is the greatest gift, contentment is the greatest wealth, faithfulness is the best relationship. – Buddha
- Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. – Albert Schweitzer (philosopher)
- A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. – Tom Stoppard (writer)
- We should be concerned not only about the health of individual patients, but also the health of our entire society. – Ben Carson (neurosurgeon/author/politician)
As you can see, happiness is getting more attention as people realise that countries, governments and citizens shouldn’t only be promoting the growth of economies, but also human well-being. Good health is a key to happiness.
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