The International Day of Happiness is campaign and global celebration to mark the United Nations International Day of Happiness. It is coordinated by Action for Happiness, a non-profit movement of people from 160 countries, supported by a partnership of like-minded organisations.
A profound shift in attitudes is underway all over the world. People are now recognising that ‘progress’ should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy.
In 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which recognised happiness as a “fundamental human goal” and called for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples”.
Sister Jewel, Dharma Teacher and ordained Buddhist Nun, suggests that happiness is an energy we simply need to cultivate. “All we have to do is to water the positive seeds of wellbeing that are within us always – even in difficult moments.”
Author and activist Satish Kumar speaks about happiness as a practice of continually connecting with people and with nature.
Satish Kumar is an Indian British activist and editor. He has been a Jain monk, nuclear disarmament advocate, pacifist and is the current editor of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine. He walked around the world, advocating for peace, to visit the world leaders who had their fingers close to the nuclear button. His 8,000 miles peace walk in 1973–4 took him from New Delhi to Moscow, Paris, London, and Washington, D.C., the capitals of the world’s earliest nuclear-armed countries.