Every year on March 20, the world celebrates International Day of Happiness, a day in which we recognise and raise awareness about the importance of happiness in our lives.

Established as a global event by the United Nations back in 2012 and first commemorated in 2013, International Day of Happiness has since become a celebration that not only shines a spotlight on the importance of being happy but also the push towards a series of development goals aimed at making people's live's happier, such as eradicating poverty, reducing inequality and protecting our planet.

In the spirit of recognising the importance of happiness in everyone's lives, here are a few tips on how to maintain that happy mindset while also celebrating International Day of Happiness in a productive manner.

Treat yourself right

It can be easy to forget about the basics when it comes to taking care of yourself. Make sure you eat healthily, get plenty of sleep, and exercise regularly. This can have a positive impact on your physical health, mental health and happiness levels.

Give a compliment

Sometimes it's the littlest things that can have the biggest impact, and giving a sincere compliment to someone is one such little thing. As an added bonus, engaging in kind acts towards others can have a positive impact on our own wellbeing. So brighten up someone's day with a compliment, which can give a boost of happiness to them and to yourself!

Do something for yourself

It's important to set some time aside to do things you really enjoy. Whether it's treating yourself to a nice meal, participating in a sport you enjoy, indulging in a hobby, or just binging some TV, doing stuff for just yourself can put you in a happy and positive mood.

Do something for someone else

International Day of Happiness is about sharing those positive vibes with people and doing something for someone else is a great way to do that. Go donate to a food bank, volunteer at a charity or in your local community, or just check in with your friends and see how they're doing. This can get the positive endorphins going for others and for yourself!

Be social

Humans are social creatures by nature and it's just as important to be around our tribe as it is to have some time to yourself. Catch up with your friends and family and have some fun, because there's much happiness to be had when connecting with people you love.


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Information sourced from: International Day of Happiness and United Nations

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