World Happiness Day 2022: History, significance, theme, and quotes
On the 20th of March, every year the world celebrates World Happiness Day. The day is even more important than it was today as the world goes through a lot of emotional turmoil already with recent unprecedented events such as epidemics, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, and much more.
What is happiness?
A person’s emotional state of contentment, mental and physical satisfaction, in which one can find happiness, happiness, and contentment is happiness. For everyone is different, it has a different meaning, however, happiness has everything to do with positive emotions and satisfying life.
Jayme Illien proposed the idea of World Happiness Day at the 2011 United Nations General Assembly. His ambition was to boost the global Happiness economy by improving the economic development of all countries.
In 2013, 193 member states of the United Nations celebrated the first day of International Happiness Day.
In 2015, the United Nations created 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with the goal of reducing poverty, inequality, and protecting the environment – three of the key components of happiness and well-being.
The theme of happiness day
The theme “Build Back Happier” is the theme for 2022, and aims to achieve global recovery from the COVID-19 epidemic. Families and friends were not able to be together for long because of the closure and epidemic-related practices. The economy and people’s lives have been severely damaged. This means that in many regions, happiness is at an all-time low.
So, as we celebrate this day this year, think about what really excites you and that you can pursue despite the current trend.
Significance of world happiness day
Currently, worldwide, there are many critical situations, including those in Ukraine, Yemen, Gaza, and elsewhere. Focusing on happiness will be difficult. Therefore, today, on World Happy Day, let us remind ourselves and everyone around us that our actions are important and that each of us, no matter where we are, can contribute to a compassionate world.
Bhutan became the first country to take action to introduce a concept of happiness based on Gross National Happiness (GNH). Since then the League of Nations has adopted the principles of sustainable development with a view to focusing on the factors that affect human happiness no matter where one lives, such as poverty alleviation and inequality, and environmental protection.
This year the theme for International Fun Day is “Build Back Happier”. One cannot help but think of this theme as a beautiful thought recalling the chaos caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.
Happiness day according to united nation
According to the UN, studies have shown that happiness can have a positive effect on health and life. Of course, there are many factors that affect how long we live but having a positive outlook and a general sense of well-being have been linked to longevity.
So what makes you happy, academically? It’s not money or material things, at least not in the long run. Studies have shown that the things that bring lasting happiness include strong relationships, helpfulness, appreciation, and meditation.
The theme for Happy Day 2022 is “Keep Calm, Stay Smart and Be Kind”.
Here are some quotes you can share with your friends and loved ones on International Happy Day:
“Every minute you get angry you lose sixty seconds of joy.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my life.”
“People tend to be happier as they make their minds happier.”
– Abraham Lincoln
“There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way.”
– Lord Buddha
“Happiness is a state of mind. It just goes with the way you look at things.”
– Walt Disney
“Happiness is when you think, say, and do what you do.”
– Mahatma Gandhi