The Pursuit of Happiness

A Global Celebration

Back in 2012, March 20th was deemed International Day of Happiness. It is not just about throwing confetti and smiling for a day—it's actually recognized by the UN. It's about highlighting how important happiness and well-being are for everyone, no matter where they are in the world. It all started with Bhutan, a country way ahead of its time. Since the 1970s, they've been all about measuring success by how happy their citizens are, not just by how much money they make but by the Gross National Happiness Index which includes living standards, cultural diversity, health, community vitality and more. Let's spread some happiness vibes on March 20th and every day after that!


Another country that values happiness is Aruba. The island of Aruba is known as “One happy island,” and it’s because they think of happiness as a language. In honor of International Day of Happiness, Aruba shared five lessons on what they call the Language of Happiness. Aruba’s language of happiness includes: gratitude, wellness, community, kindness, and growth. Sounds like a great place to visit!


The World Happiness Report is designed by interest in assessing the current state of happiness worldwide while delving into how the science of happiness showcases the differences in happiness levels both at individual and national scales. Each year the report ranks countries by their happiness level - topping the list this year is Finland (for the 6th year in a row). The report will be launched at the Gallup headquarters in Washington DC today - March 20, 2024.


Live Happy, a Texas media company founded to help people be healthy and happy is celebrating it’s 10th annual #HappyActs campaign. Live Happy’s started Happiness Walls ten years ago and today there are more than 3,000 orange walls with people posting inspiring messages and telling how they share happiness. This year, Live Happy has added a virtual Digital Happiness Wall. Happy Acts include plant a flower, foster an animal, invite a new person to lunch, and our favorite: meditate.