Today the world embarks on its 6th International Day of Happiness – a cheery way of spreading the joy, which first started on March 20, 2013.
Jayme Illien, United Nations advisor and founder of International Day of Happiness, proposed the initial idea back in 2011.
After two years he successfully convinced UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to create the global holiday.
All 193 UN member states adopted the new International Day of Happiness on June 28, 2012, and so, in the following year on March 20, the new celebration was formed.
“It’s nice to have new beginnings for spring.”
Jessica Graham, 20
Illien designated this special day to be celebrated on March 20 for its significance as it’s the March equinox – the day that is divided equally into 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.
It also marks the first day of spring for renewal and fresh starts for everyone.
Beth Mills, 21, of Beck Street, said: “I will make conscious effort to smile at people today and make sure everybody’s happy”.
There are several ways that you can make both yourself and people around you happy, and a simple smile is one of the most effective ways of doing so.
Ways to celebrate International Day of Happiness:
- Take action on something you’ve been meaning to do for a while.
- Start your day with only positive intentions.
- Smile to strangers that you pass in the street.
- Call someone that you miss.
- Take a couple of minutes out of your day to just sit and breathe.
It takes more muscles and energy to frown than it does to smile, so why not spread the positivity and show everyone those pearly whites.
Jessica Graham, 20, of Newark, said: “It’s nice to have new beginnings for spring. Weather gets better, days get longer, nights get lighter”.
Spread the joy today in aid of International Day of Happiness, and all year round.