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International Day Of Happiness

March 20

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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of March, repeating indefinitely

What is the International Day of Happiness?

It’s a day to be happy, of course!

Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness and well-being in the lives of people around the world. In 2015 the UN launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.

Shifting attitudes

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.

March 20 has been established as the annual International Day of Happiness and all 193 United Nations member states have adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority.

What really makes people happy?

Advertisers tell us that happiness comes from buying their products. Celebrities and the media pretend it comes with beauty & fame. And politicians claim that nothing matters more than growing the economy. But what does the latest research show?

World Happiness Report

The next World Happiness Report will be published on March 20, 2018.

The current World Happiness Report ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels and was published on March 20, 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.