International Day of Happiness: origin, motto and why is this day celebrated

Happiness is essential in human life and that is why there is a commemorative day. Learn how the idea of creating this day came about.

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Happiness is a state of pleasant satisfaction that humans experience on a spiritual and physical level, according to the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE). This state is undoubtedly one of the most important things in a person's life, since satisfaction is the answer to various needs of human beings and they turn into happiness when they have much longed for and also translates or increases the positivity in us. In order to raise awareness of what happiness is, people around the world celebrate the International Day of Happiness every year on 20 March. The day was celebrated in several countries in 2013. However, the resolution of this special day was adopted on July 12, 2012 and was initiated by the king of Bhutan, who emphasized the importance of encouraging, by creating a day commemorating international happiness.


In the 1970s, Bhutan was the country that raised the idea of introducing a day that denotes the importance of National Happiness. A curious fact about this small country in South Asia is that it is the only country in the world that achieved the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product at the 66th General Assembly.

Bhutan organized a high-level meeting on happiness and well-being, where it came to define how economic growth can be linked to the happiness and fulfillment of working people.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals launched by the UN in 2015 consisted of goals such as ending poverty, reducing inequality and protecting our planet. The main focus of these 3 key points led to the well-being and happiness of citizens around the world.

In short, the main goal of the day is to raise awareness among people that happiness is one of the most important things in an individual's life.

According to UN estimates, the universal goals and aspirations in an individual's life should be happiness. As a tradition of this day, people should do whatever makes them happy and celebrate the day the way they want.


The theme of this year's International Day of Happiness is titled the following slogan 'Keep calm, stay wise and be kind'. For one to achieve happiness and satisfaction in one's life, it is important that one remains cool and calm in every possible situation. Staying wise in a difficult situation gives the individual a better understanding of the situation and helps them take the right step.

One should always be kind to others in their needs, mistakes and mistakes will help them grow and make them feel better.


The International Days give us the opportunity to raise awareness among the general public on issues of great interest, such as human rights, sustainable development or health. At the same time, they seek to draw the attention of the media and Governments to raise awareness of unresolved problems that require the implementation of concrete policy measures.