International Day of Happiness

Event, Mental Health

March 20 is the United Nations' International Day of Happiness. This year’s ‘Happier Together’ theme reminds us that lasting happiness comes from feeling connected to others and being part of something bigger.

Here are three steps you can use anytime, anywhere to give yourself a boost and build your compassion for others:

Step 1: Be Mindful

  • Relax your breathing and notice: How am I feeling right now?

Step 2: Be Grateful

  • Look around you and ask yourself: What am I thankful for?

Step 3: Be Kind

  • With warm feelings, ask yourself: Who do I want to send love to?

Some ideas/activities for the International Day of Happiness (or any other)

  • Do something for your own happiness: Make time to do something you really enjoy, get moving outside, learn something new or write down three things you’re grateful for.

  • Do something for someone else: Donate to a food bank or charity, text/call someone to tell them what you appreciate about them or volunteer in your local community.

More Information

The International Day of Happiness is coordinated by Action for Happiness, a non-profit movement of people from 160 countries, supported by a partnership of like-minded organizations. For more information on this annual event check out the International Day of Happiness website and visit the Action for Happiness website for the "10 Keys" that tend to make life happier and more fulfilling.

If you find yourself struggling, it's important to remember that there are people and organizations in your 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.

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