Mon 18th March
This Tuesday, 20 March is the International Day of Happiness. The day was first officially recognized in 2012 by the United Nations, with the first ever International Day of Happiness celebrated in 2013.
Townsville Grammar School will be celebrating the day tomorrow at their North Ward Campus with students across Year 7 to 12 participating in activities in class.
The day began with the founder and United Nations adviser, Jayme Illien, wanting to demonstrate the idea that the pursuit of happiness is a human right and a fundamental human goal.
The day focuses on 10 keys to happier living, using the acronym GREAT DREAM:
Trying Out Meaning
The Action for Happiness organisation runs science based happiness courses to help people lead a happier life. The Patron of the organisation, The Dalai Lama, launched the courses this year so that participants can increase their wellbeing in their homes, workplaces, schools and local communities.
Jayme Illien gained the support for the new International Day of Happiness from the President of the UN General Assembly and United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, as well as all 193 UN member states in order to draft and adopt a new UN resolution to create the new international day.