In 2013, the United Nations designated this day as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.
The International Day of Happiness takes place every year on 20 March and marks the beginning of spring, a period of renewal and new beginnings, for all.
Historically, singer Pharrell Williams has been heavily involved in promoting the event, releasing the world's first 24-hour music video in 2014, with the United Nations Foundation to the song 'Happy'.
International Day Of Happiness 2021
This year’s theme for International Day of Happiness is all about finding positive ways to look after ourselves and each other as we face a global crisis with the pandemic.
There are lots of things outside of our control. Let’s remember to breathe and focus on what really matters so we can respond constructively.
Making wise choices helps everyone. Let’s choose positive actions that support our well-being and help others do the same. This includes wearing a mask, social distancing, exercising, eating well, and spending time outside in nature to help manage our stress.
We are all in this together, even when we are forced apart. Let’s stay connected and reach out to help others who may be in need.
Other ways to get involved
- Participate in random acts of kindness as a family to spread happiness to others.
- Be genuine and say something good about someone or something. Spreading positive words and thoughts with the people around you will make you feel great too.
- Offer to help someone around you, a perfect stranger.
- Pay it forward by offering to pay for the person behind you in your local independent takeaway coffee.
- Seek out movies (such as Inside Out and Trolls), and songs (like Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”) about happiness to share with your kids.
We've all been there at one point or another - and now your friend, family member, or other half is in need of a little pick me up. Fortunately, we've pulled together a few ideas for how you can help boost their mood.