International Day of Happiness

Today, 20th of March, The International Day of Happiness is celebrated all over the world. The first ever day of happiness was celebrated on 20th of March, 2013 and was conceptualized and founded by philanthropist, activist, statesmen and prominent United Nation special adviser Jayme  Illien to  inspire, mobilize and advance the global happiness movement.

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We often talk about happiness – be happy, find your happiness. So, what is happiness? Happiness is a mental state of mind characterized by a positive and pleasant feeling that connects with other emotions – from simple satisfaction to an even grater joy. Philosophers and theologians are describing happiness as a living a successful and  good life, not only as a simple emotion. On the other hand, psychology dictionary explains that “happiness is the highest humans satisfaction with their life, the purpose of life and the meaning of life.” Of course, the understanding of happiness will not be the same in different cultures. Also it differs significantly between different layers of society and ages.

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There is no one magic formula of how to be happy and many aspects  involved in this question. Is the happiness coming from inside? Are there any aspects from outside which affect our level of happiness?  Whatever the answer is, here is the list of world’s happiest countries.

 

And some quotes about happiness:

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” / Omar Khayyam

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” / Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. / Dalai Lama

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” / William Morris

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” / Euripides

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