The International Day of Happiness is celebrated worldwide today 20 March 2020.
International Day of Happiness was conceptualized and founded by Jayme Illien. He came up with the idea of creating an international event in order to emphasise the pursuit of happiness as a “goal for all human beings”.
It’s date coincides with the vernal equinox, which marks the beginning of spring, if you go by the astronomical definition of the seasons.
What does happiness mean to people?
Happiness can mean different things to different people. It is something everyone wants to have. You may be successful and have a lot of money but without happiness it’s meaningless.
According to the Dalai Lama, Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
Jim Rohn stated that Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
- A state of wellbeing and contentment
- A pleasurable or satisfying experience
Our world is in an unhappy place right now due to the Coronavirus, but we can all make a difference with our actions. As we face a global crisis together, we find positive ways to look after ourselves and each other. We are responding constructively together while forced apart.
In times like this we have time to think about what’s important to us and what makes us happy.
Family time – Taking walks, baking, doing activities and being creative.
A good laugh – A good laugh will brighten anyone’s day.
Playing a musical instrument or listening to uplifting music.
Helping others – Contacting neighbours and high-risk people to deliver shopping or prescriptions.
Volunteering – Thousands of people have volunteered to look after the vulnerable and ageing in their communities.
Coming Together while Staying Apart
People have adapted to this new way of living in a short space of time. Thousands of people are off work, children are off school and families are forced into financial difficulty. But communities and businesses are using their resources and are coming together while staying apart. There are many online activities available – virtual workouts, meditations and yoga sessions.
Social Media is portraying beautiful uplifting photos of families cheering each other up. They are spending quality time together. Although grandparents and grandchildren cannot be in contact, they are improvising. Images of grandparents during video calls or waving at their grand children from windows is a sad but uplifting image.
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