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What is the International Day of Happiness? It’s a day to be happy, of course! Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. In 2015 the UN launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.
The concept of happiness is indeed straightforward; it is a state of mind, pleasant emotion made of love, inner peace, joy, contentment and fulfilment. It is an art that can be cultivated by focusing and being grateful on small things in life which are often ignored, but carry a lot of meaning. We all do our utmost and spend our entire lives for achieving success, more money, better career and greater wealth in order to attain happiness. Oppositely, the truth happiness is derived from the contentment of what we have - health, relationships, peace of mind, gratitude, kindness, love, faith and so forth and being grateful of every opportunity given to strive for betterment. Happiness is, without a doubt, our choice.
Realising the value of happiness, International Day of Happiness is, then, celebrated globally on the 20th of March 2016. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 28th June 2012. The International Day of Happiness recognises the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings.
This We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), recognise this day as an essential human goal and we call upon countries, youth councils, NGOs and young people inclusive to approach public policies in ways that improve the well being of everyone. By recognising this day, WAY aspires to focus global attention on the idea that nation’s growth must be inclusive, equitable and above all balanced, so as to promote sustainable development. We believe that by 2030 the plan for Sustainable Development is the time to realise a life of dignity for all people by progressing towards the interlinked Sustainable Development Goals; we can help spread happiness and secure peace for better tomorrow that we all wish for.
Let us make happiness our primary goal because life is yours and to live to its fullest is your choice!