International Day of Happiness is celebrated every year on March 20, and it’s a good reminder of the importance of leading lives filled with joy and contentment. There has been a growing focus on mental health and wellbeing in recent years as we have faced multiple challenges, from the pandemic to the fractured political landscape.
Last year, the United Nations noted that over the previous decade, “there has, on average, been a long-term moderate upward trend in stress, worry, and sadness in most countries and a slight long-term decline in the enjoyment of life.”
When the UN General Assembly passed the resolution in 2012 that created International Day of Happiness, they acknowledged that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal,” and called for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples.”
The UN’s three keys to fostering widespread happiness are ending poverty, reducing inequalities globally (including — among other things — ending discrimination, boosting income growth, and improving the conditions of migrants), and supporting climate action to protect the health of the planet.
In addition to these noble goals, the pursuit of happiness can feel challenging on a personal level. But sometimes simple changes in our lives can lead to larger overall shifts in our mindset.
According to the Mayo Clinic, some straightforward tips include making sure you are eating healthy, getting enough sleep, fitting exercise into your life, surrounding yourself with people who uplift you. (That said, if you feel overwhelmed or the path to happiness seems particularly daunting, it’s important to reach out for help. Organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health can help you find resources.)
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