INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS: MARCH 20, 2016

 

International Day of Happiness

In 2012, the United Nations (UN) declared March 20 to be observed as the International Day of Happiness.

March 20 will be celebrated as the International Day of Happiness every year.
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Aim

The day recognizes that happiness is a fundamental human goal, and calls upon countries to approach public policies in ways that improve the well-being of all peoples.

By designating a special day for happiness, the UN aims to focus world attention on the idea that economic growth must be inclusive, equitable, and balanced, such that it promotes sustainable development, and alleviates poverty. Additionally the UN acknowledges that in order to attain global happiness, economic development must be accompanied by social and environmental well-being.

Background

The initiative to declare a day of happiness came from Bhutan – a country whose citizens are considered to be some of the happiest people in the world. The Himalayan Kingdom has championed an alternative measure of national and societal prosperity, called the Gross National Happiness Index (GNH). The GNH rejects the sole use of economic and material wealth as an indicator of development, and instead adopts a more holistic outlook, where spiritual well-being of citizens and communities is given as much importance as their material well-being.

Did You Know?

The March Equinox, also known as the Spring Equinox, often falls on March 20th as well.

International Day of Happiness Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type Where it is Observed
Wed Mar 20 2013 International Day of Happiness United Nations observance
Thu Mar 20 2014 International Day of Happiness United Nations observance
Fri Mar 20 2015 International Day of Happiness United Nations observance
Sun Mar 20 2016 International Day of Happiness United Nations observance
Mon Mar 20 2017 International Day of Happiness United Nations observance
Tue Mar 20 2018 International Day of Happiness United Nations observance
Wed Mar 20 2019 International Day of Happiness United Nations observance
Fri Mar 20 2020 International Day of Happiness United Nations observance

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