Celebrating Int’l Day of Happiness

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Happiness is a fundamental human goal. The UNGA recognizes this goal and calls for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples”.  Since the year 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness. The resolution was initiated by Bhutan, a country that recognized the value of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product. It also hosted a High-Level Meeting on “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm” during the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. This is a unique idea to make people aware of the actual things that they need in their life. One of the key necessities for such campaigns is to make the world aware of the ideas that to an extent treated secondarily.  The global world is entangled in an endless race of conflicts, competition, and last but not least the pandemic crisis has ensued unprecedented challenges and repercussions to the masses around the world. Henceforth, it’s a timely initiative that can spread positivity and sigh of relief to the population that is fatigued with the notion of wars and pandemics, and other uncountable constraints and crises.

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