International Day of Happiness 2022: Know Date, Theme, History, Significance, and Key Facts Here

International Day of Happiness 2022: It is observed on March 20 to recognise the importance of happiness and well-being as global goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings across the world. Check this year's theme, history, significance, and some key facts of the day.
Created On: Mar 20, 2020 10:13 IST
Modified On: Mar 19, 2022 14:49 IST
International Day of Happiness
International Day of Happiness

International Day of Happiness 2022: It was celebrated for the first time in 2013. It is an annual event recognised by the United Nations to promote the idea that feeling happy is a universal human right. According to scientists, the key to human wellness is strong social ties and a sense of purpose in life. Some believe that having a positive mindset is responsible for as much as 90 percent of our feelings of well-being. It is also said that people who are happy tend to live longer and have fewer health problems. Read below in detail about the day.

International Day of Happiness is celebrated across the world on 20 March to spread and make people understand that happiness is one of the best gifts that you can give and is also an important goal of several organisations working for it.

International Day of Happiness is organised by the United Nations to promote the idea that happiness is a fundamental human goal. Actionforhappiness.org organises the day with support from other groups. This day gives a call to other countries as well to approach public policies in ways that improve the well-being of all peoples.

We can't ignore the fact that to promote world happiness initiatives must be taken to eradicate poverty, establish equality, and protect the environment. These are the goals pursued by the UN member states and humanitarian organisations through "sustainable development"

International Day of Happiness 2022: Theme

The theme of the International Day of Happiness 2022 is "Build back happier". The theme focuses on the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year's official campaign theme is "Happiness for all, Ukraine." "It is a call to action to all people, all nations, the United Nations, and all humanity to stand with the people, government, and the country of Ukraine, and ultimately, to stand for the happiness of all civilisation. , and all humankind." - United Nations International Day Of Happiness Founder Jayme Illien.

The theme of the International Day of Happiness 2020 was “Happier Together". It focused on what we have in common, rather than what divides us. When we are together life is happier and everyone wants to be happy. This is the day to come forward and celebrate common humanity. Work for others' happiness and find out the ways to make people happy. This is possible when we will be together and goals will be common.

The campaign theme of International Day of Happiness 2020 was "Happiness For All, For Ever" which aimed at focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us. As nowadays migration is increasing, people from different countries and backgrounds are living side by side. Communities are now made up of people with several beliefs like religious, political, etc.

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International Day of Happiness: History

Since 2013, the International Day of Happiness is celebrated by the United Nations.

The resolution 66/281 of 12 July 2012 of the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 20 March as the International Day of Happiness stating the relevance of happiness and well-being as a goal and aspiration in the lives of people around the world. Also, to recognise the importance of public policy objectives. It also focused on the need for a more comprehensive, reasonable, unbiased, and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness, and the well-being of all peoples.

The resolution was initiated by Bhutan to recognise the value of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product. It had also hosted a High-Level Meeting on the agenda "Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm" during the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly.

The UN in 2015 launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet. These are the three key aspects to lead well-being and happiness.

World Happiness Report

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Happiness Report. It is a global survey data report that shows how people evaluate their own lives in more than 150 countries across the world. This year's report reveals a bright light in dark times. People all over the world suffered greatly as a result of the pandemic. The battle is going on and so it is essential to remember the universal desire for happiness and the capacity of individuals to support each other in times of great need.  

What are the benefits of happiness?

According to some scientists, the key to human wellness is strong social ties and a sense of purpose. That is involved in things that are for the 'greater good' of humanity.

Some believe that a positive mindset also plays an important role, accounting for up to 90% of our feelings of well-being. Like helping others, working together to improve the community, or participating in a religion that promotes communal activities like regular worship.

It is also said that people who are happy tend to live longer and have fewer health issues. Happier people also don't have problems with high blood pressure and heart issues. Still, studies and research are going on happiness and how to find or increase happiness levels.

Therefore, the International Day of Happiness is a day to value your and others' happiness and make people happy. Realise the importance of happiness in life and work for it.

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