INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS

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Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give - pleasure, possessions, power - but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy.

By designating a special day for happiness, the UN aims to focus world attention on the idea that economic growth must be inclusive, equitable, and balanced, such that it promotes sustainable development, and alleviates poverty. Additionally the UN acknowledges that in order to attain global happiness, economic development must be accompanied by a balance of social and environmental well-being.

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated worldwide every 20th of March, and was conceptualized and founded by philanthropist, activist, statesman, and prominent United Nations special advisor Jayme Illien to inspire, mobilize, and advance the global happiness movement. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 June 2012.It is an official UN day that recognizes the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental human goal and the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples.

The initiative to declare a day of happiness came from Bhutan a country whose citizens were considered to be some of the happiest people in the world. The Himalayan Kingdom has championed an alternative measure of national and societal prosperity, called the Gross National Happiness Index (GNH). The GNH rejects the sole use of economic and material wealth as an indicator of development, and instead adopts a more holistic outlook, where spiritual well-being of citizens and communities is givenas much importance as their material well-being.

We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), recognise this day as a vital 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. 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.

On this day, we also would like to encourage that happiness should bloom from within and is achieved by appreciating present moment, making peace with the past and enthusiastically looking, forward to the future. Thus, we pledge all of you, not to find happiness but to create one for not only yourself but also the better good of all.