International Day of Happiness!

We may witness many countries going beyond the rhetoric of quality of life to incorporate practical measures to promote twin concepts of happiness and well-being in their legislation and policy-making.  These good practices can inspire other countries so that measuring and accounting for broader well-being, and not simply national income, becomes a universal practice.

“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.  This aspiration is implicit in the pledge of the United Nations Charter to promote peace, justice, human rights, social progress and improved standards of life,”

said Ban Ki-moon in his Message for the International Day of Happiness, 20 March 2014

The Day of Happiness campaign is a global celebration to mark the UN International Day of Happiness. It is coordinated by Action for Happiness, a non-profit movement of people from over 140 countries and supported by a partnership of like-minded organisations.

English: "Gross National Happiness is mor...

“Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product” by Jigme Singye Wangchuck, king of Bhutan. Slogan on a wall in Thimphu’s School of Traditional Arts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Speaking at the High Level Meeting on “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm” convened during the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated that the world “needs 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 meeting was convened at an initiative of Bhutan, a country which recognized the supremacy of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product.

Today we can think about setting our mind on the right track, putting the negatives away and bringing gratitude to mind. We can take some extra time to meditate, bringing our body and soul (our being itself with its breath) in unison. (Please do take some time to feel yourself breathing. Watch your breath go in and out for some minutes a day and feel your tummy going up and down.)

Today you might consider it the moment to get started or not to stand still, but to engage in a random, conscious act of kindness. Why not taking some time today to write a positive email or phoning somebody to thank him or her or to give a compliment?

Make today a moment for happiness for yourself but also for those around you.

The First day of Spring ..  Happy “Internation...

The First day of Spring .. Happy “International Day of Happiness” to you (Photo credit: Nick Kenrick .)

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Be happy and join with each other everywhere in the world in peace

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Please do find:

  1. Day of happiness – context
  2. Action for happiness organisation
  3. Secretary-General’s Message for 2014
  4. The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal
  5. Slideshow Photos Happinessday
  6. Happy International Happiness Day!
  7. Have a real happy day today!
  8. Leaving the Old World to find better pastures
  9. If you want to go far in life
  10. Live …
  11. Being Religious and Spiritual 1 Immateriality and Spiritual experience
  12. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
  13. By counting our blessings we not only feel good, but we multiply our good
  14. Spreading good cheer contagious
  15. Bringing Good News into the world
  16. Bringing Good News
  17. Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
  18. A Small Act Of Kindness Can Bring Smile On Million Faces
  19. Make your happiness independent of circumstances and others.
  20. Show Them How..
  21. Finally Happy.
  22. How shall the film of your life be?
  23. Rest thy delight on Jehovah
  24. Foundation to go the distance
  25. When discouraged facing opposition
  26. Be happy that the thorn bush has roses
  27. Suffering produces perseverance
  28. Partakers of the sufferings
  29. Compassion and Discipline
  30. If you have integrity
  31. Faith and trial
  32. Concerning Gospelfaith
  33. Faith is knowing there is an ocean because you have seen a brook.
  34. Everything that is done in the world is done by hope
  35. Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark
  36. Wondering
  37. The thought of losing rekindles the joy of having
  38. Joy is not in things, it is in us
  39. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
  40. Better loaves when the heart is joyous
  41. Happiness is like manna
  42. Thirst for happiness and meaning
  43. Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past
  44. Happiness an inner state
  45. Remember there’s a light in the next day
  46. A concrete picture of what is to come in the future
  47. Living in faith
  48. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  49. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
  50. Where is the edge
  51. The truest greatness lies in being kind
  52. Whom can we trust to govern us?
  53. Commit your self to the trustworthy creator
  54. Looking forward to the return of Jesus

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Additional reading:

  1. How Can It Get Any Better Than This?
  2. Freedom is mine and I know how it feels…
  3. Negativity Spiral
  4. Living With(out) Regret and Negative Feelings
  5. Happy/ hap.py/ ‘hape/ adj
  6. Happiness Log Technique
  7. #100HappyDays
  8. Does money buy happiness?
  9. Secret to happiness
  10. Happiness Is A Feeling
  11. Finally Happy.
  12. 60 Things to Be Grateful For In Life
  13. Elusive Things
  14. Count your blessings and take time to help others
  15. “Count your blessings, name them one by one…”
  16. As We Count Our Blessings (a Mom’s Memories post) | It’s Not All Bad…
  17. Blessed
  18. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  19. Practicing Gratitude and Thankfulness
  20. Contagious Happiness
  21. Love
  22. Where’s the Love?
  23. Is Your Message Contagious?
  24. 19 Simple Things Everyone Can Do To Make Life Easier For Each Other
  25. My current easy dream…
  26. Watch out! It’s contagious!
  27. Gloomy Thinking Can Be Contagious
  28. The Reason Some People Always Focus On The Negative
  29. Hanging in there … Week #2 MKMMA experience
  30. Gratitude – I claim my power | faithgift
  31. Thanksgiving: Gratitude | Journey Through Recovery
  32. Sugar, Spice, and the Teenage Life
  33. A Few of my Favourite Things: #HappinessDay
  34. Happiness Now: What Do the U.N., Pharrell and Ellen Have in Common?

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  • Sadly, the International Day of Happiness is over (mercatornet.com)
    The United Nations has a large number of International Days but it keeps creating new ones. A General Assembly resolution last year proclaimed March 20 as the “International Day of Happiness.” According to the text, happiness and well-being are considered “universal goals.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon added that “The pursuit of happiness lies at the core of human endeavors.”
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    Bhutan brought the happiness agenda to the United Nations where it was embraced wholeheartedly. A few economists with high-level advisory roles at the UN are now – seriously – working on a new economic indicator encompassing “happiness” to supplement, if not replace, GDP! A few countries also have followed the initiative with the blessing of Ban Ki-moon who stated: “I am encouraged by the efforts of some Governments to design policies based on comprehensive well-being indicators.”
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    The happiness idea already has taken on a life of its own. The OECD has come up with a series of indicators called “Your Better Life Index.” Perhaps unsure of the direction this experiment will take, the OECD on its web site asks for input from ordinary folks to determine what matters to people in evaluating their quality of life to ultimately counterbalance wealth against well-being.
  • The Pursuit of Happiness – Act on it! (periwinkleporte.com)
    Long before the United States’ Declaration of Independence said “the pursuit of happiness” is an “unalienable right” of all people, ensuring happiness for its people has been the goal of every honorable government.
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    We can each celebrate this day, and every day, by expressing how we share happiness in our circles of relationships. We can make the world a happier place! It starts with us and ripples into the lives of others in a wave of positive change around the world.
  • Bhutan, Inspiration For A Happier World (raxacollective.wordpress.com)
    Westerners, in their dawning realization that money can’t buy happiness, often misinterpret GNH, holding out hope that Bhutan alone knows one last magic trick that will rescue us all from the dystopia of late capitalism. But GNH is more complex than that, and Bhutan is more than a Himalayan Disneyland. GNH is part of Bhutan’s plan for negotiating the wilderness of modernization without losing its soul. Every schoolchild, public policymaker, teacher, citizen, and civil servant has been asked to help create a society based on the four pillars of GNH: sustainable and equitable economic development, conservation of the environment, preservation and promotion of culture, and good governance.
  • Ban Ki-moon heading to Russia, Ukraine (skynews.com.au)
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is preparing to set off for Russia and the Ukraine to encourage a peaceful settlement of the crisis threatening conflict between them.
  • Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to all iranian peoples – NOURUZ (fluechtlingshilfeiranev2010.wordpress.com)
    On this International Day of Nowruz, I offer my best wishes to those who celebrate, and express hope that all people can use the occasion to reflect on the beauty of nature, the promise of Spring and the power of culture to build peace ”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
  • March 20th is UN´s International Happiness Day: Learn about Positive Psychology from 18 MAPP Alumni – Free Online Conference (mappalicious.com)
    To support the UN on this mission, 18 MAPP Alumni are hosting a free online conference to share their knowledge on Positive Psychology, Well-Being, and Happiness. It´s going to be a wide array of PP topics brought to you by a fascinating group of people.* Among them is Emilia Lahti which you might knwo from the very first Mappsterview.
  • International Day of Happiness observed on 20th March (famagusta-gazette.com)
    Fans have been encouraged to post YouTube videos of themselves demonstrating their happiness to Pharrell’s#HAPPYDAY and Pharrell’s site 24 Hours of Happiness.On the International Day of Happiness, he will spotlight the best submissions at noon in each time zone.

    Non-governmental organizations will also ring the peace bell at 12:57 p.m. for vernal equinox which marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere.

  • Happy International Happiness Day! (morfadulas.com)
    Anyhow, as someone who’s experienced plenty of depression over the years I’ve been drawn recently to studies that show the possibility of making yourself happier through certain attitudes and practices. Being depressed may well require you to have medical intervention, of course, but there may be some things that could help the process of getting better.Here’s one site that lists a number of things we could do to increase our sense of well-being.
  • Material-Immaterial, Physical-Spiritual — the whole of Humanity (geekborj.wordpress.com)
    Humanity is BOTH physical and non-physical.  Most of the “new age” philosophy forward either pure spiritual (idealist) or pure material (materialist).
  • Immaterialism and Spirituality (onemanversustheworld.wordpress.com)
    As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.
  • Jehovah Shalom (joanofarc77site.wordpress.com)
    I will keep my eyes focused on You Jehova Shalom and nothing will shake me from my peace.
  • Laborers for the Harvest (viktoriaveigas.wordpress.com)
    Sometimes Christians covet their fellowship with other believers and cluster together, blindly bypassing worldly seekers who are ripened for harvest. Perhaps not realizing their divine accountability for perishing souls, they busy themselves with church engagements, civic responsibilities, building maintenance, and other worthwhile projects dedicated to preserving the status quo. These are doubtless good things. Well-intentioned members sometimes question the value of evangelism or express this sentiment: Pastor, this evangelism stuff is all right, but don’t we need programs for people who are already in church?
  • 7 signs your church could be backsliding (atwistedcrownofthorns.com)
    Is your church following the Word and ways of the Lord and abhorring all that is otherwise? Is the fear of God, the love for truth and for God’s glory, and the desire to walk according to all God’s commandments prospering among the believers? When a church begins to slip it loses track of that which it must hold to firmly, it gradually and steadily drifts. Here are a few signs your church could be backsliding….
  • The Difference Between Psychology and Neuroscience (athoughtonthemind.wordpress.com)
    Most people consider cognitive neuroscience a branch of psychology but some people (often neuroscientists) consider psychology a branch of neuroscience. So which is it? And what’s the difference anyways?
    To address these questions, we need to start with some definitions. Lets start with psychology. According to the American Psychological Association (and also Wikipedia), psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. Neuroscience, on the other hand, is the study of the biological underpinnings of mind and behaviour.
  • Why are materialists less happy? (io9.com)
    The latest word on how to be happy: be more appreciative of the things you have. Newly published research out of Baylor University finds materialistic people are less happy in large part because of their lack of gratitude.
  • How Happiness Directly Impacts Your Success (forbes.com)
    I reached out to Shawn to learn more about how our brains in “positive” mode versus negative, neutral or stressed actually give us an enormous advantage in life and work, and how we can influence our minds to embrace more happiness through our daily actions.  This Happiness Advantage as Shawn calls it can be the difference between leading a fulfilling, joyful and successful life and living far beneath our potential (see his book The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work for more).
  • Shannon Polly, MAPP, to Present at International Day of Happiness Conference Sponsored by en*theos (entheos.com) (virtual-strategy.com)
    Positive Business DC today announced that co-founder Shannon Polly, MAPP was selected to present at the International Day of Happiness free conference sponsored by en*theos, coinciding with the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness. en*theos, a popular website with over 275,000 members, was launched to help people optimize their lives and actualize their potential through providing the best content and tools on “Optimal Living.”
    The International Day of Happiness event is featuring 19 speakers with the respected Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree held by less than 300 people in the world. Those with a MAPP degree are considered experts in well-being and the application of positive psychology.“I am honored to be part of en*theos’ International Day of Happiness virtual conference. Their focus on empowering people to embrace their personal strengths and recognize their larger purpose in the world around them is inspiring” said Shannon Polly, MAPP.
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Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters".
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2 Responses to International Day of Happiness!

  1. Marcus Ampe says:

    To find happiness people have to learn to put everything in perspective and get to understand they can also learn from bad experiences, turning them in something good.

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  2. Pingback: Let’s Talk Happiness | Marcus' s Space

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