International Day of Happiness 2022 celebrations are on Sunday, March 20, 2022.
Why International Day of Happiness is Observed?
According to UN resolution 66/281 of 12 July 2012, the UN has designated 20th March as an International Day of Happiness. The observance of this special day takes place every year across the world since 2013.
Happiness is now considered one of the most essential fundamental needs of all human beings. The global leadership agrees on the UN platform that the Pursuit of Happiness is also a fundamental right of every human being breathing on the face of Earth. It is the responsibility of the national and international leadership that has an obligation towards the masses to facilitate them in the pursuance of happiness.
According to the official website of the United Nations, the international community determined some issues that are required to be addressed as a priority for the well-being and happiness of the masses. Three factors were identified that are a hindrance to happiness including poverty, inequality, and global warming/pollution (decaying Earth). The United Nations launched its famous 17 Sustainable Development Goals that will help in culminating poverty, reducing inequality, and protecting the planet. The global community aspires to achieve these goals by 2030. According to international leadership, collective happiness will emerge if these issues are addressed internationally.
Theme International Day of Happiness
Theme of International Day of Happiness for the current year 2022 is,
Keep Calm, Stay Wise, Be Kind
This theme of Happiness Day 2022 focuses upon three basic factors of attaining happiness.
Keep Calm: Keeping cool and calm in every situation is the key to satisfaction and happiness.
Stay Wise: In tough circumstances, wise steps lead to success.
Be Kind: Be kind to others in their needs, mistakes and errors.
While the previous year’s theme was “Happier Together”, which illustrates what we have in common, rather than what divides us.
So we should celebrate our common pleasures and joys and should avoid dividing acts.
Once, the Pursuit of Happiness was famous among Americans, but now it has become a global term, thanks to Bhutan. Bhutan is a South Asian country that became the epicentre of global attention during the 1970s when it adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness at the place of Gross National Product. Bhutan moved the resolution (A/RES/66/281) in 2012 that was welcomed by international leadership.
The UN passed this resolution and asked the global community to celebrate the day with zeal and joy. A resolution presented by such a tiny country like Bhutan got too much popularity due to the beauty of the resolution and its theme: spreading happiness. The pursuit of happiness for every individual is already protected by the law in the United States of America and almost every democratic country allows its citizens to earn their happiness as much as they can without violating anyone else’s right to happiness. This tradition among democratic countries helped Bhutan to get its resolution passed as quickly. Bhutan is also credited with hosting a High-Level Meeting on “Happiness and Well-being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm” during the 66th session of the General Assembly.
Purpose and Public Activities on International Day of Happiness
The international community is encouraged by international leadership to care for and work for its happiness. International Day of Happiness is observed to highlight the importance of happiness in the lives of people and to highlight the factors that are a hindrance to happiness. Happiness is perhaps the most important entity that a human being craves throughout his/her life. Everything in a person’s life has meaning if he/she is happy and everything is meaningless if he/she is not happy. Therefore, every human being attempts to get the thing that he/she thinks can give him/her happiness. The majority of the developed world is aware of happiness and its importance, but people in under-developed and developing countries have the least knowledge and understanding of the concept of happiness.
The importance of Happiness should be known to everyone and this is the purpose of this day that is fulfilled by arranging conferences, concerts, and other kinds of public gatherings at schools, colleges, universities, and at private as well as governmental workplaces. Talk shows are arranged at Electronic Media and writers’ columns (articles) are published in Newspapers. Nowadays, hash-tag trends are also run on different social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapshot, etc.
What is the Pursuit of International Happiness Day?
The pursuit of Happiness refers to the liberty to pursue one’s happiness without violating the rights of any other person. In simple words, every individual is free to do the job he/she likes, choose the partner (to live with, or make love with) he/she likes, adopt the lifestyle he/she likes, and choose the religious belief he/she likes (even one can ban all the religions in his/her life: it is called atheism). Neither any country nor any institution has the authority to impose its philosophy on the individuals. Every individual is free to choose beliefs, ideologies, life partners, and lifestyles for him/her. Since this rule of pursuing one’s happiness applies to everyone, therefore, no one is allowed to violate any other person’s happiness for his/her own happiness; that is considered immoral, unethical, condemnable, and illegal internationally.
Offering all people the freedom to pursue their happiness can decrease many issues in the world like women’s subjugation, gender disparity, racial discrimination, child marriage, and many others that are reported on a daily basis. For instance, if all the people are educated enough to respect everyone’s right to freedom and happiness; no one would be left complaining about the social structure of his/her surroundings. This is the kind of world that is envisioned by the global leadership at the United Nations platform.
Happiness Day Quotes
- Happiness depends upon ourselves.” — Aristotle
- “There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” — Stephen Chbosky
- “Happiness is a warm puppy.” — Charles M. Schulz
- “Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not.” — Valerie Bertinelli
- “It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” — L.M. Montgomery
- “We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” — Anne Frank
- “The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” — Audrey Hepburn
- “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
- “The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are.” — Goldie Hawn
- “If you want to be happy, be.” — Leo Tolstoy
- “Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.” — Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
- “A well-spent day brings happy sleep.” — Leonardo da Vinci
- “The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.” — Woody Allen
- “Don’t waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window- or break down a door.” — Brooke Shields
- “Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.” — Immanuel Kant
- “It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is a miserable man.” — Benjamin Franklin
- “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.” — Mother Teresa
- “In the confusion we stay with each other, happy to be together, speaking without uttering a single word.” — Walt Whitman
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