is March 20th, every year, forever. Founded in 2012, the United Nations created the International Day of Happiness through adopting UN Resolution 66/281 in order to achieve two goals:
1. TO ESTABLISH A SET OF PRINCIPLES
for addressing the complex, interrelated challenges faced by humankind in the ultimate quest to achieve happiness.
2. TO PROMOTE, PRESERVE, AND CELEBRATE
the principles outlined in UN Resolutions 65/309 and 66/281, especially that happiness is a universal human right and goal.
Do what makes you happy.
Smile, share, eat healthily, exercise, be grateful, give back, think positively, spend some time with friends and family, spend some time alone, be mindful, dream, listen to music, say thank you and mean it, compete, be charitable, say “all the more” instead of “nonetheless” – you get it. Do what makes you happy.
While you’re doing whatever it is you do that makes you happy, don’t forget to do whatever you can do to make others happy! Happiness is contagious. A simple smile can make even a stranger’s day much brighter. You’ve seen the Coca-Cola commercial, right? It’s not a gimmick. Watch it; you will smile! Spread happiness.
There are more than 7,300,000,000 (that’s 7.3 BILLION+) people on this planet. Each one of them has the right to happiness, and not all of them know it. Tell them. Tell your friends, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, and your boss – hold your government accountable for securing your happiness. Tell yourself, and remind yourself: happiness is a fundamental human right, and happiness for all is a fundamental human goal. Tell everybody.
Celebrate the International Day of Happiness
Article 2 of UN Resolution 66/281: International Day of Happiness
Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to observe the International Day of Happiness in an appropriate awareness-raising activities.
Celebrate the International Day of Happiness.
Every March 20th, forever.
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Since the International Day of Happiness was established in 2012, thousands of happiness initiatives all over the world have emerged to celebrate and promote its values. Happiness Day’s annually increasing success is due in every way to the organic uprising of mission-based organizations including NGOs, government programs, private sector marketing campaigns, and community-based movements. You can find a small sample of them in our Partners section. Support our campaign partners.
The next International Day of Happiness takes place on Monday, March 20th, 2017. Until Monday, March 13th, 2017, we will be taking event submissions from across the globe to build a calendar of events surrounding the fourth celebration of the day.
Please fill out the form on this page to submit your event, and we’ll publish it when we release our event calendar. We can’t wait to see how many events we can promote!
Event Submission Form
For over 33 years, Illien Global Public Benefit Corporation has been creating happiness and promoting it as a human right and goal. Illien Global founded the International Day of Happiness when CEO Jayme Illien conceptualized the idea of a new global day, authored UN resolution 66/281, campaigned to gain approval for the new resolution from the UN Secretary-General as well as the adoption of UN 66/281 by consensus of all 193 member states. CEO Jayme Illien served as a United Nations adviser and now as a United Nations representative of Economists for Peace and Security.
The Kingdom of Bhutan has measured “gross national happiness” since the 1970’s. In 2009, Ambassador Lhatu Wangchuk of Bhutan authored the first UN happiness resolution: UN 65/309 Happiness towards a holistic approach to development.