In 2011 the United Nations held the first ever conference on Happiness! How much positive energy would have been in THAT room?
Representatives from all 193 United Nations member states adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority. The tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan led the way measuring its success in terms of “Gross National Happiness” (GNH).
The idea is that when we measure how well our societies are doing, this should focus on people’s overall quality of life. Progress should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy.
I love this concept.
And the International Day of Happiness is celebrated on March 20 every year as a global reminder that while the economy is a means to an end; the ultimate end and barometer is the happiness of the people of the world.
And being happy is good for your health! The supersonically smart people at Harvard have been researching the impact of positive enthusiasm and happiness on physical health and have found some fantastic parallels between the two.
Laura Kubzansky is a researcher at the forefront of this sort of research. In a 2007 study that followed more than 6,000 men and women aged 25 to 74 over a period of 20 years, she found that emotional vitality (enthusiasm, hopefulness and engagement in life) appeared to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
I am a fan of anything that helps me live a longer and healthy life!
So the International day of Happiness has got me thinking about what makes me happy and it really is the simple things.
- Working on making Moeloco a success so we can help as many children as we possibly can
- The sand between my toes
- Time with my wonderful friends and family
- Making a difference
- And yes, putting my thongs on. I always feel calm and relaxed when they’re on!
So this International Day of Happiness, think about what makes you happy. Follow these fantastic ten keys to happier and reap the health, emotional and wellbeing benefits.