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International Day of Happiness

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

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


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 Type
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

Quick Facts

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

International Day of Happiness 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

International Day of Happiness 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Name in other languages

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

List of dates for other years

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