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International Day of Happiness 2022: What and when is it?

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he International Day of Happiness is an annual UN event promoting the idea that happiness is a global human right.

It also promotes the importance of happiness to humanity.

The campaign is organised by non-profit Action for Happiness, and aims to reduce global inequality, end poverty and protect the planet for future generations.

Read on to find out more about when it is, and how it originated.

When is the International Day of Happiness 2022 and what is the theme?

The International Day of Happiness takes place each year on March 20.

This year, the theme is ‘Build Back Happier’, which will focus on the global recovery from the Covid pandemic.

What are the origins of the International Day of Happiness?

The first International Day of Happiness was held on March 20 2013.

It was spurred by UN adviser Jayme Illien’s years of campaigning, who established the idea at the first ever UN conference on Happiness on July 12 2012.

The first celebration was launched by Ndaba Mandela and Chelsea Clinton at the TedXTeen conference in New York City in March 2013.

All member states of the UN are encouraged to observe the celebration to raise awareness of the importance of happiness for humanity.

Previous attendees include world leaders and celebrities.

Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams has been heavily involved with the event, and the 2013 celebration involved the first ever 24-hour global live streaming video of his global hit Happy.

Science of happiness

The first history of happiness studies began over 2,500 years ago.

Great philosophers such as Confucius, Socrates, Aristotle and Buddha devoted their lives to the pursuit of this topic.

Though it has roots in many disciplines, its key co-founders are psychologists Dr. Martin Seligman and Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

They defined positive psychology as a “science of positive subjective experience, positive individual traits, and positive institutions.”

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