In case you haven’t heard, next Sunday, March 20, is the International Day of Happiness. This is the fourth year the United Nations is sponsoring it.
Why would an organization as important as the U.N. be devoting time to something like this? Because happiness matters. It’s a critical factor in the quality of life for billions of people around the planet—including, of course, yours.
And here’s the most important part of all: a ton of science shows that the secret to happiness is simply to help, appreciate and care for others.
As the Dalai Lama, patron of Action for Happiness, the organization that coordinates the Day of Happiness says, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
So what actions can we take to brighten the lives of those around us? A great place to find out is #HappyActs. It’s where people on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest are sharing their happiness-spreading ideas. Here’s a few of our own:
#1 Hold the door open for someone who’s pretty far away
#2 Tell a friend the thing you most admire about them
#3 Write a note to let someone know you appreciate them
#4 Volunteer for just about anything
#5 Share a smile with every person you see today
#6 During busy traffic, let someone in ahead of you
#7 Call a family member you haven’t spoken to for a while
This list shows that the actions don’t have to be big or fancy or cost a thing. What’s important is that each one comes from your heart and you can do it with a smile. It’s all about giving a little bit of yourself in your own way and then watching as those bits add up and spread like wildfire.
Here’s wishing that your Day of Happiness is a happy one. Which means you better not wait to get out there and spread a little happiness of your own!