Happiness has many benefits. It can reduce stress, combat illness, enhance our immune system, and even prolong our lives. The United Nations established March 20th as International Happiness Day to highlight the importance of positive emotions and prioritize their importance.
What is the International Day of Happiness, and how can you help?
The United Nations adopted a resolution in 2011 recognizing happiness as a fundamental human goal. In 2011, the UN hosted the first-ever conference on happiness. The first International Day of Happiness was also celebrated in 2013.
The annual global event celebrates authentic, sustainable happiness. It is founded in fulfilment and comes to form genuine connections. Every year, a different theme is assigned to the day. 2013 was dedicated to Happy Heroes. 2014 asked for Reclaim Happiness. 2015 was dedicated to Relationships. The 2021 theme is Keep Calm. Keep calm. Be Kind. This reminds us that life is unpredictable and that we must take time to breathe, make wise decisions, and build connections with others.
International Happiness Day events include concerts, conferences, coffee dates, and quiet spots with a book. These activities are intended to highlight the importance of happiness and show how it can be created and sustained.
Five Amazing Ways to Celebrate International Day of Happiness
You can pay it forward
Acts of kindness bring joy to everyone involved, whether it’s helping someone else pay their lunch bill, volunteering at an organization that helps the homeless, or donating blood. The more, the better! It’s a great way to build a sense of belonging, optimism and to share good vibes with strangers. You can give compliments, high-fives and treats to others, or simply exchange friendly hellos. It’s easy to make someone’s day more pleasant by making their day better.
Move your body
For a heart-pumping hike through the woods and fresh air, get out on the trails. Gather your team for a pickleball tournament. You can also turn the music up for a dance party in the living room with your kids. You will increase your energy levels and mood no matter what you do. You can keep the spirit-boosting and anxiety-busting benefits going no matter how small the activity. Set goals to include physical activity in your daily life. Every little bit of bliss adds up!
Get to know others
It’s natural for humans to be social creatures, so it’s not surprising that relationships give us so much joy. Have tea with your grandparents. Tell your grandparents about their childhoods, their parents or the time they fell in love. Please keep them in a notebook or make a scrapbook to keep the memories close by. You can also treat a new colleague to lunch to learn more about their career path. Please find out about their childhood and where they went to school, as well as what their hobbies are. Building connections can increase self-esteem and strengthen your identity, which is quite interesting. Spending time with others can help you build long-lasting relationships. However, being present in your interactions is key to creating lasting bonds. Put down the phone and ask lots of questions. Listen to what they have to say. Let them do the same. Both of you will reap the benefits in the end.
Breathe, calm, centre. These three simple steps can help you get out of a world filled with uncertainty. You can start a healthy habit of daily or weekly meditation. Your new routine can help you have a better outlook on life, improve your interpersonal relationships, and generate kindness over the long term. Meditation doesn’t require special equipment. Meditation can be done anywhere: in your bedroom, at work, or out in the park.
Take the time to take care of yourself
International Happiness Day’s core value is to find sustainable joy within oneself. You don’t have to indulge in retail therapy or indulge in the sugar rush of your favourite ice cream cone. Instead, take some time to reflect on your life and tap into your inner happiness. Start a gratitude journal to identify the things you are most thankful for in your daily life. Talk to someone if you need it and make mental health a priority. Or take a solo trip and attend the World Happiness Summit. Honor the day by learning how to build a happier life.
Send a gift to a friend just because
Everybody loves receiving a gift. The joy and excitement that comes with receiving a gift are magnified, especially if it’s not for a reason. A meaningful gift, just because, is a token of affection that warmly shows the love between the receiver and the giver. Both the giver and receiver can feel lifted by the generosity and thought behind the reward exchange. It can also strengthen their relationships.