is March 20th, every yearforever. Founded in 2012, the United Nations created the International Day of Happiness through adopting UN Resolution 66/281 in order to achieve two goals:



for addressing the complex, interrelated challenges faced by humankind in the ultimate quest to achieve happiness.


the principles outlined in UN Resolutions 65/309 and 66/281, especially that happiness is a universal human right and goal.

Happiness: towards a holistic approach to development

International Day of Happiness

"Happiness is your birthright." – Pharrell Williams, UN General Assembly, Happiness Day 2015 | Watch Video
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.

Spread happiness.

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.

Tell everybody.

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.

Support our campaign partners.

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 pursuit of happiness is serious business." – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2015

"Happiness is neither a frivolity nor a luxury. It is a deep-seated yearning shared by all members of the human family." – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2014
"The pursuit of happiness lies at the core of human endeavours." – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2013

The next International Day of Happiness takes place on Sunday, March 20th, 2016. Until Monday, March 14th, 2016, 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!

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"By contributing to common good, we ourselves are enriched." – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2013
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.
The United Nations Secretary-General and 193 member states adopted UN resolution 66/281 by consensus on June 28th, 2012. At the first high level meeting on happiness and wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “We need a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental well-being are indivisible. Together they define gross global happiness.” In 2015, just three years following the first high level meeting on happiness and wellbeing, and in an historic year where the UN adopted the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “Happiness for the entire human family is one of the main goals of the United Nations.”
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The Happiness Assembly
Make it Happy
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Day of Happiness Project


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U.S. Department of State
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UN Women
U.S. Department of Defense
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The Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth
World Bank
World Health Organization
United Nations Joint Programme for HIV/AIDS
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