What is the International Day of Happiness? It’s a day to be happy, of course! Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.
- In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness. Last year, the Smurfs rallied behind the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the International Day of Happiness.
- The United Nations invites each person of any age, plus every classroom, business and government to join in the celebration of the International Day of Happiness.
“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
“One of the best ways to create a happier life for yourself is to make other people happier.”
Here are the 14 ways to make someone happy…
- Give a sincere compliment. Many positive things tend to go unsaid. So give someone a sincere compliment today. It can mean especially much if it’s for something that is close to the other person’s heart. Or something he or she has been putting in a good effort with like getting into better shape for the last few months.
- Express your gratitude for what is too often taken for granted.We may sometimes take what others do a bit too much for granted. Like the food they cook, how they keep doing their job consistently each and every day or how to they are there to listen when we need it.
- Share some of your tasty homemade cookies.Or bread, ice cream or jerky.
- Give away a piece of your hobby.Like a bracelet or a drawing, you have made for instance.
- Encourage. The world can be a tough and discouraging place at times. To encourage someone who is in a negative situation at the moment. Add your own perhaps more grounded and optimistic perspective on the situation to lessen his or her worries and perhaps exaggerated fears.
- Tell a good – or terrible – joke. Or a funny story about something that happened to you last week.
- Share something funny you found online.Play one of your favourite clips from a stand-up show you love if you are out of jokes and good stories at the moment.
- Give a stranger a compliment.Few things can brighten a day like getting a kind and unexpected compliment from someone you pass by or you have just met. So take a few seconds and give that to someone you encounter today and tell her how nice her shoes, hat or hairstyle looks. Or ask him where he where he got that cool t-shirt or umbrella.
- Help out practically with advice.If a friend needs some help then ask someone you know who has been in that situation for advice. Or do a bit of online research to find what he she might be looking for.
- Give a hug.It unstresses and it can disrupt negative thoughts and change someone’s mood surprisingly quickly. Use when appropriate though.
- Cook their favourite food if they have had a bad day.I know from my own life that it can really cheer me up on such days.
- Just listen.It’s sometimes all that’s needed to help someone out of a negative headspace.
- Hide a secret note for him or her to find.A note of thankfulness. Or a note with a compliment. Or simply a note of love. Hide it in their tea container, lunch box or hat for example.
- Bring the positivity.If you bring positivity and an open, happy and good energy into a conversation for example then that tends to spread and the two of you or more will have the happier lunch break, evening down at the pub or coffee date in the crisp autumn sunshine.