International Day of Happiness

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This week’s newsletter announced that TODAY is International Happiness Day!

Smiles, everyone, smiles.

According to http://www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=3956835,

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

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.

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.

To find out more about International Day of Happiness, go here: http://www.dayofhappiness.net./#happiness. This website (and the past and present campaigns it represents) “is coordinated by Action for Happiness, a non-profit movement of people from 160 countries, supported by a partnership of like-minded organisations [sic].” This year, Action for Happiness is inviting everyone to focus on their connections with others.

This image is from the Action for Happiness website, http://www.dayofhappiness.net./happy/

According to http://www.dayofhappiness.net./happy/, “The Ten Keys to Happier Living are based on an extensive review of the latest findings from the science of wellbeing [sic]. They are all areas which research shows tend to make a big difference to our happiness and are within our control.”

I wish you a happy Day of Happiness! Pass it on!

About Blaize Sun

I live in my van, which makes me a rubber tramp. I like to see places I’ve never seen before, and I like to visit the places I love again and again.

I like to play with color. I make collages and hemp jewelry and cheerful winter hats. I take photographs and (sometimes, not in a long time) write poetry. All of those things make me an artist.

Although I like to spread joy and to make people laugh, my wit can be sharp. I try to stay positives in all situations, to find the goodness in all people. But I often feel compelled to point out bullshit when I smell it.

I like to have fun, to dance, to eat yummy food, to sit by a fire and share stories. I want to know what people hold dear and important, not just make surface small talk.

This blog is a way for me to share stories. This blog is made up of my stories, rants, and observations, as well as my photographs.

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