Happiness: a global priority

A profound shift in attitudes is underway all over the world. People are now recognising that 'progress' should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy at all costs. All 193 United Nations member states have adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority and March 20 has been declared as the International Day of Happiness - a day to inspire action for a happier world.


Bringing happiness to others

Our focus for International Day of Happiness is on bringing happiness to others. Creating a happier society requires action at all levels - not just from political leaders and institutions but also from us as individual citizens. When we do things to bring happiness to others, everyone benefits. It helps the people we connect with, boosts our own well-being and also inspires others to be more caring and positive too.

This Day of Happiness campaign is being led by Action for Happiness and Cheers, in partnership with a network of amazing organisations and people supporting the Day of Happiness all around the world.

Cheers is a fun social way of expressing love and appreciation for anyone, anything, anywhere.

Action for Happiness is a movement of people taking action to help create a happier society for everyone.


Happiness at the United Nations

In July 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/281 which decreed that the International Day of Happiness would be observed every year on 20 March. To celebrate people all over the world are Taking Part and bringing happiness to others

The creation of the International Day of Happiness followed on from the first ever United Nations conference on Happiness and Wellbeing and an earlier UN resolution calling for member states to place a greater focus on the happiness of their citizens.


The stated aim of the UN International Day of Happiness is:

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The first World Happiness Report was launched at the United Nations Conference on Happiness in April 2012