International Happiness Day – Wednesday 20th March 2013

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.”

14th Dalai Lama (1935)

This morning, I found out from a friend, that Wednesday 20th March is International Happiness Day.  So I sent texts to people to let them know about International Happiness Day.  I also asked each person to celebrate the day by doing a random act of kindness, so we could all do our bit to help the world be a happier place.

A few of my favourite replies include my god-daughter who is 12, she said:

Okay Jules I will do it! :-).  I wish you eternal happiness :-). Love Liv xxx 🙂

A friend replied:

Hi Jules, it is a lovely thought.  I have gone out of my way to help someone at work today.

Another friend replied.

“You are turning into such a hippy, but I love you for it :-).  I have given an enormous dolls house of my daughter’s to charity, and they were very pleased.”

It is not too late, for you all to do a random act of kindness for someone.  Even if the day has passed, it is still worth you doing it!

Why not post a comment and let me know what random act of kindness you have done……

If you want more information about International Happiness Day, I have cut and pasted it below.  Enjoy the day!

International Happiness Day – 20th March 2013

In 2012, the United Nations (UN) declared March 20 to be observed as the International Day of Happiness.

Aim

The day recognizes that happiness is a fundamental human goal, and calls upon countries to approach public policies in ways that improve the well-being of all peoples.

By designating a special day for happiness, the UN aims to focus world attention on the idea that economic growth must be inclusive, equitable, and balanced, such that it promotes sustainable development, and alleviates poverty. Additionally the UN acknowledges that in order to attain global happiness, economic development must be accompanied by social and environmental well-being.

Background

The initiative to declare a day of happiness came from Bhutan – a country whose citizens are considered to be some of the happiest people in the world. The Himalayan Kingdom has championed an alternative measure of national and societal prosperity, called the Gross National Happiness Index (GNH). The GNH rejects the sole use of economic and material wealth as an indicator of development, and instead adopts a more holistic outlook, where spiritual well-being of citizens and communities is given as much importance as their material well-being.

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