Did you know that March 20th marks the International Day of Happiness?
What does that exactly mean, you wonder? Well it’s a day to be happy, of course!
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the International Day of Happiness happens to also fall on the first day of spring. Warm weather and sunshine on the horizon!
This day was created in 2013, as the United Nations celebrated as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. It serves to remind us that being happy is a human right and worth celebrating—and if you’re not already happy on this day, maybe the celebrations can change that!
How can we celebrate the International Day of Happiness? Do what makes you happiest!
Here are 5 ideas to help you celebrate:
1. Move Your Body
Get those endorphins flowing and treat your body to a good sweat session. This will put a little pep in your step for the rest of the day. To make it more fun, go on a walk or workout with a friend!
2. Use Happiness Hashtags
Who doesn’t love a good hashtag? How fun to be able to use some hashtags to promote your commitment to making the world a happier place?!
The hashtag for each Happiness Day changes every year, so make sure you know which hashtag to use. Happinessday.org is a good place to check.
They suggest using the below hashtags:
3. Connect with Others
Haven’t talked with a friend or family member in a while? Set aside some time to call them and catch-up on life. Meet a friend for coffee or, even better, a glass of wine! Connect with your spouse or kids by playing games or snuggling up to watch a movie together.
Stay in. Go out. Either way, laugh and have fun!
Connection is known to release endorphins, reduce stress and make us happier humans.
Volunteering has great benefits for physical and emotional health as you get older—basically, it’s good for the soul!
Reach out to local non-profits to identify the various needs they have and volunteer to make a difference in your community. Whatever you choose to do, allow yourself to enjoy the work and the opportunity to connect with others in the community!
We can be happy on the inside, but why not show it on the outside with a simple smile?!
When we smile, we feel better. Happier. Research shows that smiling promotes positive feelings. Some research believes this is because facial expressions lower the temperature of the blood supply to our brain, causing more pleasurable feelings.
Whatever the reasoning, why not give it a try??
Use this day to radiate your happiness to then make those around you happier, too!
It is said that happiness is created. It doesn’t always come naturally and, when it doesn’t, we have to create our own versions of what being happy means to us as individuals.
So, what makes you happiest??