International Day of Happiness

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated every year on March 20th and is dedicated to promoting happiness and well-being as a universal goal and fundamental human right. The day was established by the United Nations in 2012 as a way to recognize the importance of happiness and well-being in our lives and in the world.

Happiness is not just a feeling, but it is also a state of mind and a way of life. It is the result of our experiences, relationships, and personal values and beliefs. Studies have shown that happiness and well-being have a significant impact on our overall health and can lead to increased longevity, better relationships, and improved productivity.


On International Day of Happiness, people all over the world are encouraged to participate in activities that promote happiness and well-being. This can include volunteering, spending time with loved ones, practicing gratitude, and doing something kind for someone else. The day is also an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of happiness and well-being and to encourage governments, organisations, and individuals to prioritise these values in their lives and communities.

So, how DO you feel happier in every day life, not just on this day?  Here are 7 scientifically supported techniques to improve your mood and increase happiness:

  1. Exercise regularly: Physical activity releases endorphins, which can boost mood and reduce stress.
  2. Practice gratitude: Take time each day to reflect on the things you’re grateful for, which can shift your focus away from negative thoughts.
  3. Connect with others: Strong social connections are a key factor in overall well-being, so make time for friends, family, and loved ones.
  4. Mindfulness meditation: This practice can help reduce stress and increase feelings of happiness and peace.
  5. Get enough sleep: Adequate sleep is essential for both physical and mental health, and can help regulate mood and reduce stress.
  6. Help others: Engaging in acts of kindness and generosity can improve your own sense of well-being and happiness.
  7. Practice positive self-talk: Challenge negative thoughts and focus on your strengths and accomplishments.

Remember, what works for one person may not work for another, so it’s important to experiment and find what works best for you.

The International Day of Happiness is a day to celebrate and promote happiness and well-being as a universal goal and fundamental human right. It is an opportunity to focus on the things that bring us joy and to take steps towards a happier and more fulfilling life. So, on this day, take the time to focus on your happiness, spread kindness and joy to those around you, and work towards creating a world where happiness is valued and supported for all.