Celebrating joy on International Day of Happiness

Happiness looks different to everyone, but we can all agree, it’s something everyone strives for.

Today (20 March) is International Day of Happiness. Created by the United Nations in 2013, it aims to remind countries that their citizens’ happiness is equally as important as the economy and politics.


This International Day of Happiness, we’re encouraging checking in on your mental health, and looking out for tiny changes that might indicate a friend, family member or co-worker might be struggling with their happiness.

We all find life overwhelming at times, but we can help each other to be as positive as possible.

If a friend or family member has started to withdraw, isn’t replying to messages, or has stopped taking care of themself, it could be an indication that they’re struggling with their mental health.

We still have a long way to go, but conversations about mental health are becoming more normalised every day, and sometimes a shoulder to lean on can make all the difference.

So, grab a cuppa and sit down to have a chat with your friends and family to celebrate today, and verbalise any worries or anxieties you might be having.


The best way to celebrate on International Day of Happiness, is by doing something that really cheers you up.

This could be squeezing in a chapter of your book, watching an episode of your favourite TV show, going for a run or playing with your pet.

Life can be so hectic, and it can be hard to take a moment and reflect on the moments of happiness throughout the day, if it’s been particularly stressful.

But if you can take the time to spend even half an hour doing something you enjoy, it will boost your overall mood and decrease any anxious emotions you may be experiencing.

So, what are you going to do to put a smile on your own, and someone else’s face today?

How are you celebrating International Day of Happiness? Let us know on Twitter and Instagram.

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