The International Day of Happiness is celebrated worldwide on March 20. It was founded by United Nations adviser Jayme Illien and celebrated for the first time in 2013. With an aim to create a happier world together, it is coordinated by Action for Happiness, a non-profit movement of people from 160 countries.
What is the history behind its conception and celebration?
In 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which recognised happiness as a "fundamental human goal."
In 2012, in the first ever UN Conference on Happiness, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that the International Day of Happiness would be celebrated on March 20 every year. It was celebrated for the first time in 2013.
You can join the movement by signing up here to get your own Happiness Guidebook, Happiness Pack for Kids and World Happiness Report.
How are people celebrating the International Day of Happiness?
The aim of this day is to spread some happiness around. See for yourself how individuals and organisations around the world are celebrating it:
Today we welcomed the Smurfs to #UnitedNations Headquarters in #NYC! The blue UN supporters joined actors and voice artists in the movie "Smurfs: The Lost Village" Demi Lovato /@ddlovato (Smurfette), @JoeManganiello (Hefty) and @MandyPatinkin (Papa Smurf) and hundreds of young people for a special event to mark Monday's International Day of Happiness. #TeamSmurfs is helping to make the world a happier place by supporting the #GlobalGoals for Sustainable Development, which were adopted by countries at the United Nations to end poverty, reduce inequality and tackle climate change by 2030. : UN Social Media Team #SmallSmurfsBigGoals
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