International Day of Happiness

Thursday 20th March marks the start of spring and it is the International Day of Happiness. Many people will be delighted to wave goodbye to the long, dark winter nights and welcome the warmer (hopefully sunnier) temperatures.

This makes them happy.

The United Nations International Day of Happiness recognises that ‘progress’ should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy.

In July 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a groundbreaking resolution which recognised happiness as a “fundamental human goal” and called for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes… happiness and well-being of all peoples”.

In April 2012 the first ever UN conference on Happiness took place in New York and in July 2012 the UN General Assembly adopted a further resolution which decreed that the International Day of Happiness was to be observed every year on 20 March. It was celebrated for the first time in 2013.

Southlands students have focused on what makes them happy and talked about happiness in this video.

Have a happy day!




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