March 20, 2022 is the United Nations' International Day of Happiness. It is coordinated by Action for Happiness, a non-profit movement of people from 160 countries, supported by a partnership of like-minded organizations. As we continue to live through the highs and lows of a pandemic, there is a world wide call to make people's well-being a top priority through building happiness.
Based on the latest research, Action for Happiness has identified 10 Keys that tend to make life happier and more fulfilling:
- Giving - Doing kind things for people
- Relating - Connecting with people
- Exercising - Taking care of your body
- Awareness - Living life mindfully
- Trying Out - Learning new things
- Direction - Having goals to look forward to
- Resilience - Finding ways to bounce back
- Emotions - Looking for what's good
- Acceptance - Being comfortable with who you are
- Meaning - Being part of something bigger
Together, these 10 Keys make for a "GREAT DREAM", and you can learn more about them on the Action for Happiness website.
On the International Day of Happiness (as well as any other day), you can get involved by:
- Doing something for your own happiness: Making time to do something you really enjoy, get moving outside, learn something new or write down three things you’re grateful for
- Doing something for someone else: Donating to a food bank or charity, texting or calling someone to tell them what you appreciate about them, volunteering in your local community
- Thinking of ways to promote happiness and mental health: Sharing the International Day Of Happiness with others and helping more people get involved in the day and its principles.
For more information on this annual event and the different ways to find happiness in everyday life, check out the International Day of Happiness website.
If you find yourself struggling, it's important to remember that there are people and organizations in our community that are ready and willing to help, and, should you need to, you can find out how to connect with them by visiting our Crisis Hotlines and Community Resources page.