A reason to smile


Today, March 20th 2013, is the first International Day of Happiness as declared by the United Nations (UN). A day of happiness sounds like a great idea, so let’s find out where this notion came from and what it means exactly.
Where it all began: in Bhutan. Haven’t heard of it? It’s a tiny state located in South Asia. In 2005, Bhutan began building the world’s first Gross National Happiness Index- a means of measuring well-being through aspects such as life satisfaction, emotions, spirituality, health, education and ecological diversity. By 2010, 41% of people surveyed in Bhutan ranked as “happy”, based on factors like work, literacy and housing. A year later the nation sponsored “Happiness: Towards a Holistic Approach to Development”, which stated that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and economic growth should promote sustainable development, but that worldwide happiness is reliant on social and environmental well-being as well.
Aim: what the UN hopes to achieve with its International Day of Happiness is to illustrate that happiness is essential for global progression. A society which adopts a more holistic outlook, and which realizes that its development is not solely based on material wealth, is likely to be “happier”. The UN also hopes to encourage countries to approach public policies in a more comprehensive manner, e.g. Italy is using online consultations with citizens to help judge the country’s well-being, which includes specific indicators such as “quality of urban air”.
So take a moment to smile today, because the world is literally becoming a better and happier place! 🙂


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. LearnItalianwithLucrezia
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 19:42:23


  2. cellabella1974
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 15:49:45

    Reblogged this on Crazyness Is My Life and commented:
    I like this.. Happy Happy Happy(Duck Dynasty) lol


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