Every year on March 20th the world celebrates the International Day of Happiness.
Commonly known as Happiness Day, the date is set aside to promote the pursuit of happiness and acknowledge that it is also a basic human right.
Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, the assembly states that the objective of Happiness Day is to be:
‘Conscious that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal’ and to recognize the ‘need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples’.
Created to honor Happiness Day, Happy Acts is an initiative and campaign with strong aspirations to help make the world a happier place, one happy act at a time. By inspiring happiness and a sense of community, Happy Acts uses social media to promote users to make and share small happy acts that can create a big impact.
What are Happy Acts?
Happy acts are small, thoughtful acts of kindness that we can intentionally do for others that may provide their day with a potential boost of happiness.
A happy act could simply be saying good morning to a passing stranger or offering someone to go before you in a check-out line. For more inspiration, you can download a happiness calendar at Happy Acts for a daily dose of happiness ideas to spread year-round.
To help the initiative grow and promote the spread of happiness further, Happy Acts encourages people to share their acts of kindness and thoughtful expressions on social media by using the hashtag #HappyActs. In 2017 their audience managed to create over 8.4 million impressions online, that’s a lot of smiling faces!
The highlight event for the month-long campaign is the setting up of Happiness Walls on the International Day of Happiness (20th March). The idea is to set up a happiness wall in either your school, business or a public place, and ask people to post their happy thoughts, acts or wishes.
There are many ideas to get you started on their website and once you have decided on your location, you can share it on their website and be added to the happiness map. It’s a great way to promote your own event and see where other walls are located in your area.
Taking into account the current research that highlights the many serious health risks that the sustained stress of negative emotions can create, any attempt to habitualize and promote happiness as a daily human right, is a goal worth pursuing.
The Happy Acts campaign is on now and runs every day throughout March.
3 Steps on How to Prepare for a Happy Act:
- Research who could use a pick-me-up or note of encouragement.
- Brainstorm and enlist your friends on how you could help encourage or support others.
- Plan a time to share notes or visit them (if it’s a group in the hospital or at a nursing home).
References: http://www.happyacts.org; http://www.dayofhappiness.net/#join; https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/magazine/happiness-stress-heart-disease/
What #HappyAct can you make today?
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