Thursday, March 20, 2014
What in the World is Happiness Day?
Speaking at a special meeting of the UN General Assembly on "Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm" (July 2012), Sec Gen Ban Ki-moon stated that the world “needs a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental well-being are indivisible. Together they define gross global happiness.”
The meeting took place in in Bhutan, which placed Gross National Happiness above Gross National Product since the early 1970s.
The result was UN resolution 66/281 which proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness, to mark the relevance of happiness and well-being as goals and aspirations for all people and calling for these to be incorporated into public policy objectives.
The United Nations invites Member States, international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to observe the International Day of Happiness in an appropriate manner, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.
What can you do to help make life a little more human, at work, with customers, with the public and, yes, even those cold-caller salespeople? Happiness doesn't just "happen" to you; it starts with a decision by you, to make it important in your life and for the people around you. Your children are watching you.