March 20 is the International Day of Happiness, and this year, the day comes with a special theme. That theme is “Happier Together.” Today, people are encouraged to reach out to one another and remember that we are all happier and stronger when we’re together.
So, this year, the International Day of Happiness is a day to focus on the things that we share. Whatever your race, creed, or nationality, we all share in humanity — and that’s a reason to be happy!
The International Day of Happiness is sponsored by the United Nations. The goal of the day is to remember that progress throughout the world is about making people happier and improving the quality of their lives. And no matter where we come from, that’s something we can all agree on.
In fact, in 2011 the United Nations General Assembly declared that happiness is a fundamental goal for all people. They also declared a need for an economic growth that is more inclusive, equitable, and balanced, and will promote the happiness and well-being of everyone in the world. The first observation of the International Day of Happiness took place on March 20, 2013.
Each year has had a different focus. In 2015, the theme was “relationships,” encouraging people to cultivate their relationships and foster happier relationships. It also encouraged people to take the initiative of reaching out to others. It reminded them of the importance of establishing relationships and friendships with the lonely, the outcast, and those who had no one else to rely on.
There are so many ways to increase people’s happiness. The International Day of Happiness is all about encouraging people to find ways to increase happiness in their homes and communities. Not only for themselves but for others as well. Some of that involves knowing what humans need to be happy, like society, common ground, support, and more.
So, this year, make it your resolution to reach out to someone and start — or repair — a happy relationship. Perhaps you’ve had a conflict with someone. Or maybe you’ve just spotted someone who could do with some help. Maybe you’ve even thought of a way that you can do a kind gesture for your whole community.
March 20th is the perfect day to volunteer at a soup kitchen or take part in a trash pickup. If you prefer something quieter, you can even invite a neighbour over for a home-cooked meal. There are many ways of making this year’s International Day of Happiness all about the theme “Happier Together.”
At Victoria Dental Group, we have another thought on our mind for International Day of Happiness — your smile! It’s important to take care of your smile by visiting the dentist for a cleaning ideally twice a year. When your teeth are healthy and cared for, your smile will look great on International Day of Happiness and all throughout the year.
The way you celebrate International Day of Happiness is up to you. No matter what gesture of kindness and unity you decide to do on March 20, make sure your smile is ready for the day. After all, the proof of being “Happier Together” is in your own smile.