International Day of Happiness

International Day of Happiness is observed next on Thursday, March 20th, 2025 (249 days from today).

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Every year, on March 20, the International Day of Happiness promotes the idea that part of human progress should include ways to increase happiness and well-being.

History of International Day of Happiness

The first International Day of Happiness was celebrated on March 20, 2013, after years of advocacy by Jayme Illien, an adviser to the United Nations. After being raised and grew up in one of orphanages, an American family adopted Illien. He wants to end global inequality.

All member states of the United Nations are encouraged to participate in the International Day of Happiness, which raises awareness of the importance of positive emotions to people and helps us find ways to create happiness for yourself. Recent international events have been attended by world leaders and celebrities. Pharrell Williams, singer-songwriter, was heavily involved in the event as the spokesperson and composer of the worldwide hit Happy. In fact, a creative part of the 2013 celebration was the song's first 24-hour global live stream. Other celebrities who attended and supported the event included Chelsea Clinton, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and Ndaba Mandela, Nelson Mandela's grandson.

In previous celebrations, many free events took place around the world, such as dances, drop-offs, and conferences. Community workshops, walks, and social media are all tried-and-true ways to spread the message of how people deserve to feel happy.

Some years have focused on specific areas essential to health. For example, 2015 focuses on the importance of relationships and uncovers the key to a good life. While in 2014, people were sharing images of what made them feel happy. International Day of Happiness aims to limit global inequality, end poverty and protect for future generations.

The benefits of happiness

Although the study of happiness is not a new concept, it is only in recent years that psychologists have begun to understand the importance and far-reaching effects of positive emotions. Scientists conclude that the key to human well-being is strong social ties and a sense of purpose. In other words, engage in things for the 'greater good' of humanity.

Others believe that having a positive mindset is responsible for 90% of our happiness. These may include a fulfilling career where helping others is paramount, volunteer work for community betterment, or participation in a religion that promotes community activities such as worship.

The science of happiness continues to be perhaps the most valuable area of ​​research, focusing on the question of how to find or increase happiness levels.

People along with happiness will have a chance to live longer and have fewer health problems. Indeed, happier people have a lower risk of high blood pressure and heart problems. International Day of Happiness can raise awareness and help us all be happy about this field of study and the myriad benefits of a good life

How to celebrate International Day of Happiness

On International Day of Happiness, people around the world are encouraged to create more happiness in the world around them. How about thinking about what you can do to get more happiness. Perhaps you could volunteer or help someone in need. Or maybe you need to focus on being a happier person. This may involve improving the quality of your relationships. It could also be about finding a more satisfying job. Whatever you do on this day, remember to spread happiness on social media with #InternationalDayOfHappiness.


International Day of Happiness has been observed annually on March 20th.


Monday, March 20th, 2023

Wednesday, March 20th, 2024

Thursday, March 20th, 2025

Friday, March 20th, 2026

Saturday, March 20th, 2027

Founded by

United Nations General Assembly on June 28th, 2012

Jayme Illien

Also on Thursday, March 20th, 2025

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