What Makes You Happy?

March 24, 2018

Did you know there can be a day for pretty much anything? “National Ice-Cream Day” is the third Sunday each July, and “National Friendship Day” is the first Sunday in August. It’s hard to keep track of every special day and how these days originated.

But March 20th is one worth remembering—it is the “International Day of Happiness.” Now before we ask you what makes you happy, let us explain why this day even exists and how it came about.

In 2011, the United Nations recognized happiness as a fundamental goal for every citizen (everyone wants to be happy, right?), and that happiness stems from more than just boosting the economy and making more money. The day was initiated to highlight the work being done to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet. These are the three things that the United Nations believes will result in well-being and happiness.

So yes, while your version of happiness could be different from ours, we probably all agree that equality, freedom from poverty, and a protected world might be a good start, right?

The United Nations encourages people to take the following pledge for the International Day of Happiness: I will try to create more happiness in the world around me.

We asked our readers, “What makes you happy?” We received over 200 responses and the top four were family, friends, food, and sleep! Check out our happy face to see some of the other things that make our readers happy!