“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Happiness is neither a frivolity nor a luxury. It is a deep-seated yearning shared by all members of the human family.” – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 2014
The International Day of Happiness was introduced by the General Assembly of the United Nations during 2012 and was celebrated for the first time in 2013. Through seminars and educational tips and tools, the aim is to educate and increase public awareness of the benefits of happiness.
The original idea came from the Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayan region of Asia. There, the population is thought by many to be among the happiest in the world due to the holistic approach to life and the amount of importance which is placed on the well being of people and communities, as much as material wealth.
Happiness is in our genes, according to research done by Prof. Minkov from Varna University of Management, together with Michael Harris Bond from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, that shows the more people in a country who have a particularly gene, the happier the nation will be.
Do what makes you happy.