The International Day of Happiness 2017 Board of Directors is responsible for leading and overseeing the official International Day of Happiness global celebration through establishing the annual International Day of Happiness official global campaign theme, and leading the International Day of Happiness international campaign on March 20, 2017.

The mandate of the International Day of Happiness 2017 Board of Directors is to promote and advance the principles, articles, and values of UN resolutions 65/309 and 66/281 with particular emphasis on Article 2 of UN 66/281 which states:

[The General Assembly] 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 manner, including through education and public awareness-raising activities;

On April 2, 2012, the United Nations held the first ever High-Level Meeting on Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm.

At the First High-Level Meeting, former United Nations 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.”

The International Day of Happiness was founded on June 28th, 2012, when all 193 member states of the United Nations adopted UN resolution 66/281 by consensus recognizing happiness as a fundamental human right and goal, and aspiration in the lives of all human beings.

“Happiness for the entire human family is one of the main goals of the United Nations” – Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“Happiness is neither a frivolity nor a luxury. It is a deep-seated yearning shared by all members of the human family. It should be denied to no-one and available to all. ” – Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Mark Williamson

Mark Williamson

Dr. Mark Williamson is the Director of Action for Happiness, a movement of people taking action to promote mental wellbeing and create a happier society. Read full bio..

Mario Chamorro

Mario Chamorro

Mario Chamorro is the founder of Make it Happy and Vaca Bacana, social ventures dedicated to the prioritization of sustainable happiness in our work, our communities, and our governments. Read full bio..

Luis Gallardo

Luis Gallardo

Luis Gallardo is a social innovator and entrepreneur with the higher purpose of elevating the vibration of the planet by developing ideas, connecting thought leaders, activists and communities and increasing awareness on the science of happiness, holistic education and smart innovation. Read full bio..