What is Happiness?

The term happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. It is also used in the context of life satisfaction, subjective well-being, eudaimonia, flourishing and well-being. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happiness )

What is the International Day of Happiness?

It’s a day to be happy, of course! Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to end povertyreduce inequality, and protect our planet, three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness. 

The United Nations invites each person of any age, plus every classroom, business, and government to join in celebration of the International Day of Happiness.

Background

The General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 66/281 of 12 July 2012 proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness, recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives. It also recognized 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 resolution was initiated by Bhutan, a country that recognized the value of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product. It also hosted a High-Level Meeting on “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm” during the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. (source https://www.un.org/en/observances/happiness-day)

How can we experience more happiness?

Here is just one of the 25 tools from Amazon Best-Seller in 13 categories, The Wellness Universe Guide to Complete Self-Care, 25 Tools for Happiness that you can do right now to experience happiness:

Dr. Dolores Fazzino suggests this tool in chapter 6:

When you feel sad or overwhelmed, or maybe triggered by a situation, and want to react to what you are experiencing, I invite you to:

1. Recognize and acknowledge how you are feeling.

2. Breathe. Take a deep breath or several if needed. This allows you to get physically present in your body.

3. Experience what you are feeling and where you are sensing it in your body.

4. Observe, instead of reacting. Observe it just as it is without judgment or criticism or the need to react to it or fix it. Allow whatever is there to just be there.

5. Open your heart.

6. Ask the universe for self-compassion. Feel the word self-compassion and allow it to immerse your physical body. Allow the energy of self-compassion to bathe your entire body and energy field.

7. Observe the results. You may experience a shift within you. More peace of mind, tranquility, and even experience more happiness, joy, and love.

Remember, there will be times where we may feel less than happy. When we have and experience compassion for ourselves, situations shift in ways you never thought possible, and miracles happen.

Did this help you?

Maybe a Fire Ceremony that Divine J9 Mayring teaches in chapter 22. Or maybe Shannone Holt allows you to experience more happiness through harnessing the power of self-love and detachment in chapter 20.

Are you feeling happy? Pay it forward!

As we live our happiness, we inspire more happiness into the world, which makes the world a better place.


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