International Day of Happiness is celebrated on 20 March every year. The purpose of this day is to know the value of happiness in one’s life and create awareness around it. The General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution on 12 July 2012 and proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness. In 2013, the United Nations’ 193 member states commemorated the first International Day of Happiness.

This year’s theme for International Day of Happiness is ‘Be Mindful, Be Grateful, Be Kind’. As per the day of happiness website, “We can create a happier and kinder world together by adopting simple, daily practices.

Everyone has their own definition of happiness, or things that make them happy, which is why there are no traditions set in stone for this day. Happiness is about feeling content and not having to fake your feelings, so whatever makes you happy, you do it! Being internally happy is key to being satisfied with your surroundings, which can be difficult during personal situations and financial instability,  so challenge yourself and be open to new people and experiences such as trying out martial arts and kickboxing classes. Cherish the little things, and be grateful for everything in that moment.


6 or 7 – the number of hours spent socialising per day that leads to the highest levels of happiness.

10 – the number of friends it takes to give your well‑being a big boost.

5 – the number of positive interactions happy couples have for every negative one.

25% – the percentage increase in happiness from having a close friend living nearby.

33 – the general age that is considered the ‘happiest.’

40% – the approximate percentage of your happiness that is truly up to you.

15.3% – the percentage increase in your happiness if a loved one is happy.

50% – the percentage of our happiness that is genetic.

37% – the percentage by which your happiness increases by wearing bright colours.


  1. Make it a point to be social

    Humans are naturally social creatures. If you’ve been putting off organising a get together with your friends, or have said “no” to going out a bit too much recently, try reversing this trend. Go out, laugh, have fun, don’t take your day so seriously, and you may find your stress levels drop and stay low from this one interaction. Smiling and laughing are among the best methods for relieving tension, and best of all, they’re free! Attending Muay-Thai and Kickboxing classes can also help to reduce stress and is a great way to make new friends, have fun and get fit at the same time!

  2. Get informed

    Stress and unhappiness due to work, the economic situation, fears over health and safety and any other factors can be a heavy weight around anyone’s neck. But by doing a little reading on well-being, mindfulness, and other ways to get in touch with what’s most important, you may start to grab a new outlook on life.

  3. Make a list

    One of the best ways to experience contentedness is also one of the simplest: Make a list. Specifically, jot down five things that truly make you happy. And think hard about this.  Once you’ve written down five things, be sure to include at least one of them, in some form, in your everyday life. This way, the effects of International Day of Happiness can go on all year.

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