How important is it to be happy?
On March 20th, people all over the world celebrate the International Day of Happiness.
This day was first recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, as a way to recognize the importance of happiness and well-being in people’s lives.
Well, How important is it to be happy?
The answer may seem obvious, but recent studies have shown that happiness is not just a fleeting emotion, but rather a crucial component of overall health and well-being. In fact, research has linked happiness to a host of positive outcomes, from better physical health to improved relationships and increased success in the workplace.
According to a study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, happy people are more likely to live longer, healthier lives than their less happy counterparts. The study found that individuals who reported high levels of happiness and life satisfaction had lower rates of heart disease, stroke, and other chronic health conditions.
But happiness doesn’t just benefit physical health. Studies have also shown that happy people are more successful in their personal and professional lives. For example, a study conducted by the University of Warwick found that happy workers are 12% more productive than their unhappy peers. Additionally, happier individuals tend to have stronger and more fulfilling relationships, which can provide a sense of social support and belonging.
The theme for this year’s International Day of Happiness is “Happier Together.“
The aim is to promote the importance of building connections with others and supporting each other, especially during these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Various activities and events are being organized in different parts of the world to celebrate the day.
In many countries, people are participating in community service projects, organizing happiness-themed parties and events, and spreading positivity on social media platforms.
In a world where bad news seems to dominate the headlines, it’s easy to forget that there are still many things to be happy about. But today, we want to remind you that happiness is worth celebrating.
Happiness is a feeling that we all strive for. It’s the feeling of contentment, satisfaction, and joy that we get from the people, things, and experiences that make our lives fulfilling. And while happiness may sometimes feel elusive, it’s important to remember that it’s always within reach.
The United Nations has also organized a virtual event, which will be live-streamed on the UN’s official website. The event will feature speeches from prominent leaders and activists, as well as musical performances and interactive sessions.
Despite these benefits, many people still struggle to prioritize their own happiness. In fact, according to a 2020 survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, nearly half of all Americans reported feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed in the past year.
In some cases, individuals may even feel guilty or selfish for prioritizing their own happiness over the needs of others.
However, experts argue that prioritizing happiness is not a selfish act, but rather a necessary one. “When we’re happy, we’re better able to take care of ourselves and others,” says psychologist and happiness expert Shawn Achor. “We’re more resilient, more creative, and more productive. So, in a way, prioritizing our own happiness is actually a selfless act.”
So how can we cultivate more happiness in our lives? Experts recommend a variety of strategies, from practicing gratitude and mindfulness to pursuing hobbies and activities that bring us joy. Additionally, seeking support from friends, family, or a mental health professional can help us navigate challenging times and build resilience in the face of adversity.
The International Day of Happiness is an important reminder that happiness and well-being are essential aspects of human life. It is a call to action for individuals, communities, and governments to prioritize the well-being of their citizens and work towards creating a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.
In a statement marking the day, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Let us use this International Day of Happiness to build a happier and more resilient world, where everyone can thrive and flourish, no matter who they are or where they live.”
As we celebrate the International Day of Happiness, let us all remember that happiness is not just an individual pursuit, but a collective one. By working together and supporting each other, we can create a happier and more fulfilling world for everyone. In short, happiness is not just a fleeting emotion, but rather a crucial component of overall health and well-being.
By prioritizing our own happiness and cultivating positive emotions, we can reap a host of benefits, from improved physical health to increased success and fulfillment in our personal and professional lives. We can celebrate happiness by practicing gratitude.
By acknowledging the good things in our lives, we can cultivate a sense of appreciation and contentment that can help sustain our happiness over the long term.
[Poonam Mayani is from Pune]
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