International Day of Happiness 2021

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International Day of Happiness

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein. The world can be hard, unpredictable and terrifying, especially when the world is still reeling from the effects of 2020. Last year was full of innumerable hardships like unemployment to depression, and hopelessness. Yet it was also a year of charity, hope, and togetherness; it made us realise the significance of happiness, so let’s carry that message forward and celebrate the International Day of Happiness on 20th March 2021 by making the day not only joyous for ourselves but also others! 

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History and Significance

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated worldwide to value and cherish the significance of happiness in our lives. It is celebrated on 20th March every year, and it was established in 2013 by the United Nations. Jayme Illien, the founder of United Nations International Day of Happiness and Happytalism, was the force behind the whole idea; the UN advisor campaigned to recognise happiness, wellbeing and freedom as an integral and inalienable right of every individual. 

Bhutan initiated the resolution to devote a day for celebrating happiness in 2012, a country that understands the value of happiness and has adopted the Gross National Happiness rather than the Gross National Product. International Day of Happiness recognises the importance of happiness as a fundamental aspiration of people worldwide and encourages individuals, groups and governments to spread happiness and positivity.

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Theme of International Day of Happiness 2021

The theme of the International Day of Happiness 2021 is Happiness for all, Forever. It is a positive and rejuvenating message for people to stay happy and find happiness even in the hardest, most challenging times. Numerous organisations, individuals and governments across the world participate in making this day a success. As part of their theme, has launched a global campaign, ‘Build Back Happier’, to overcome ad prevail after the COVID pandemic crisis and build a new economic order happier society. The aim is to prioritise wellbeing and happiness in the face of threats like climate change, inequality, poverty and discrimination. 

World Happiness Report 2021

Every year, the United Nations releases a report on World Happiness Day and ranks countries by asking their citizens how happy they are. The data is collected by Gallup World Poll and for this year, India was given the rank of 139 out of 149 countries while Finland was declared the happiest country in the world with rank one! 

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How to Celebrate?

Anyone and everyone should participate in this day of happiness. The easiest and simplest way to celebrate is to stay happy and joyful and spread happiness to others. UN International Day of Happiness also guides people and groups on celebrating this beautiful, positive day through their campaign – Ten Steps to Global Happiness 2021. The steps include-

  • Tell Everyone About The International Day Of Happiness
  • Do What Makes You Happy
  • Virtually Attend A World Happiness Week Event
  • Give And Spread Happiness To Others
  • Celebrate Your Own Event & Let The World Know
  • Share What Makes You Happy On Social Media
  • Promote The United Nations “Happiness Resolutions”
  • Advance The United Nations Global Goals For Sustainable Development
  • Enjoy Nature And The Environment
  • Spread And Adopt Happytalism As A New Human Development System

Personalise The Day

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“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times”.

Spread happiness on this day by following the ten steps and personalising them to your goals and dreams. Make time for your loved ones, help someone in need or listen to your favourite music! Encourage your friends, family and neighbours to enjoy this day by spreading joy and smiles.

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This was all about the International Day of Happiness! The day is a beautiful endeavour to spread happiness and joy even in the bleakest of times, and everyone should participate and celebrate the day. Please tell us how you plan to spend this day in the comments and for more exciting content, follow Leverage Edu on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

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