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International Day of Happiness

Quick Facts

International Day of Happiness aims to promote the idea that the pursuit of happiness is universal.

Local names

NameLanguage
International Day of HappinessEnglish
Día Internacional de la FelicidadSpanish
היום הבינלאומי של אושרHebrew
يوم السعادة العالميArabic
행복의 국제 날Korean
Internationaler Tag der GlücksGerman

International Day of Happiness 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

International Day of Happiness 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015
List of dates for other years

In 2012, the United Nations (UN) declared March 20 to be observed as the International Day of Happiness.

March 20 will be celebrated as the International Day of Happiness every year.

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Aim

The day recognizes that happiness is a fundamental human goal, and calls upon countries to approach public policies in ways that improve the well being of all peoples.

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 social and environmental well being.

Background

The initiative to declare a day of happiness came from Bhutan – a country whose citizens are 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 given as much importance as their material well being.

Did you know?

The March Equinox, also known as the Spring Equinox, often falls on March 20th as well.

International Day of Happiness Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
WedMar 202013International Day of HappinessUnited Nations observance 
ThuMar 202014International Day of HappinessUnited Nations observance 
FriMar 202015International Day of HappinessUnited Nations observance 
SunMar 202016International Day of HappinessUnited Nations observance 
MonMar 202017International Day of HappinessUnited Nations observance 
TueMar 202018International Day of HappinessUnited Nations observance 
WedMar 202019International Day of HappinessUnited Nations observance 
FriMar 202020International Day of HappinessUnited Nations observance 
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