Wednesday, March 20, 2013

International Day of Happiness!

March 20 : Today has officially been declared as the first International day of Happiness by the United Nations.  The idea for a day celebrating happiness came after the Hon. Jigme Thinley of Bhutan inspired a UN Resolution considering the happiness of a country’s citizens. Bhutan pioneered the concept of Gross National Happiness, which led the UN to hold a conference on “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm” in April 2012. Speaking at the conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that, “the world needs a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental well-being are indivisible. Together they define gross global happiness.”
Friends of Humanity’s founder, Graziella Zanoletti, attended the conference on behalf of the Alice Project, where she presented the project’s education model as one that encourages the sustainable happiness and well-being in students.  According to the General Assembly, today is about “recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.”

Read more about International Day of Happiness here.
Read more about the conference on “Happiness and Well-Being” and Friends of Humanity’s participation here.

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