20 March: International Happiness Day
The United Nations on 20 March 2013 declared 20 March as the International Day of Happiness. This was the first edition of the happiness day observed by the world. 20 March was declared as the International Day of Happiness with an aim to acknowledge the importance of happiness and encourage Governments of different nations to consider well-being of its citizens as the common agenda other than focusing on the economic growth only.
All the 193 members of United Nations voted in favour of the International Day of Happiness.
Concept behind the making of the day
20 March was declared as the day of International Happiness following a Bhutanese Concept that was coined by the fourth king of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1970’s, when the country for the first time adopted Gross National Happiness (GNH) over Gross National Product (GNP) as its major goal. The initiative of 1970’s involved making holistic approach towards life.
World Happiness Report
UN released its World Happiness Report in 2012.
Who: United Nations
When: 20 March 2013