International Day of Happiness History
The phrase, ‘pursuit of happiness’ was coined by English philosopher John Locke, and later used by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. Both Locke and Jefferson determined that our need to pursue happiness is the very foundation of liberty. Our quest for happiness allows us the freedom to make choices that will result in the best life possible; one that revolves around strong social relationships, community involvement, a healthy active lifestyle and a safe, secure environment.
Happiness is and should be a global priority. In an effort to recognize the importance of happiness and well being in the lives of people worldwide and as an objective of public policy, the United Nations proclaimed March 20th the International Day of Happiness. The intention is to create a happier and more fulfilled world. The International Day of Happiness was inspired by Bhutan, a country whose citizens are considered to be some of the happiest in the world. Bhutan recognized the power of national happiness over national income and went so far as to adopt the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product.