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What is the International Happiness Day?

It’s a day to be happy! 

The International Happiness Day is an annual celebration of happiness as a fundamental human right and goal for all of humanity. Our governments and everyone should recognise that progress is “about increasing human happiness and wellbeing”, and “not just growing the economy”.

For 5 years now, the United Nations has also celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.

This sensitization will prompt us to come together to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet which will in turn lead to well-being and happiness.

“The pursuit of happiness lies at the core of human endeavours.” – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2013

The happiness-health connection

Sure, doing things that make you happy can make you feel better and improve your health. Scientific evidence suggests that positive emotions can help make life longer and healthier.

Although positive emotions are not enough. Lowering your stress levels over a period of years with a positive outlook and relaxation techniques could reduce your risk of health problems.

Pathways to happiness

  • Feeling good: Seeking pleasurable emotions and sensations by maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain.
  • Engaging fully: Pursuing activities that engage you fully. People report the greatest satisfaction when they are totally immersed in and concentrating on what they are doing.
  • Doing good: Searching for meaning outside you. Knowing your true self and acting in accordance with your virtues.

Research has shown that each of these pathways individually contributes to life satisfaction.

Things that won’t make you happy

  • Money and material things
  • Youth: Being young and physically attractive has little or no bearing on happiness. Adults grew steadily happier as they moved into and through middle age, after which, happiness levels began to decline slowly as health problems and other life problems emerged.
  • Children: Children can be a tremendous source of joy and fulfillment, but their day-to-day care is quite demanding and can increase stress, financial pressures, and marital strife. When ranking their happiness during daily activities, mothers report being happier eating, exercising, shopping, napping, or watching TV than when spending time with their children.

Therefore, we call on all everyone, schools, businesses and governments to join in the celebration of the International Day of Happiness.

Source: www.health.harvard.edu

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