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International Day of Happiness

On March 20th of each year, people around the world celebrate whatever makes them happy, not just in terms of economic success, but in recognition of all the things that gives them joy and a sense of well being.

On June 28, 2012, during the 118th plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, the International Day of Happiness was established to highlight the importance of the pursuit of happiness for all citizens of every nation. The resolution implies that it should be a matter of public policy to help make happiness a reality as much as humanly possible.

Although the International Day of Happiness was established by the United Nations General Assembly, it is up to individuals to recognize ways in which they can make themselves and those around them happy.

In many cases, it is the small things that bring smiles and warm feelings to people. Visiting a neighbor, calling a friend, making a special dinner, or simply telling someone that you love them are ways that you can celebrate International Day of Happiness.

Below is the United Nations General Assembly's resolution proclaiming March 20 as the International Day of Happiness.


United Nations                                     A/RES/66/281

General Assembly                               Distr.: General 12 July 2012
Sixty-sixth session
Agenda item 14

Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 28 June 2012

[without reference to a Main Committee (A/66/L.48/Rev.1)]
66/281. International Day of Happiness

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution 65/309 of 19 July 2011, which invites Member States to pursue the elaboration of additional measures that better capture the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being in development with a view to guiding their public policies,

Conscious that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal,

Recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of
their recognition in public policy objectives,

Recognizing also the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty
eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples,

1. Decides to proclaim 20 March the International Day of Happiness;
2. 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;
3. Requests the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the attention of all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and civil
society organizations for appropriate observance.

118th plenary meeting
28 June 2012


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