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Why is the International Day of Happiness celebrated on March 20?

20 Mar Lidia PO 0 Events & Media

From the word in Latin <<felicitas>>, is a state of pleasant spiritual and physical satisfaction, definition of the word” happiness ” according to the Royal Academy of the Language (RAE). However, there could be many definitions, as many as there are people in the world.

Happiness has this Tuesday, March 20, a day. The celebration is not trivial since it was established by the United Nations. The UN General Assembly, in a resolution of July 12, 2012, decreed on March 20 International Day of Happiness, celebrated since 2013.

The official page for the International Day of Happiness,¬†HappinessDay.org, goes one step further in declaring happiness a “universal human right.”

This international day aims to recognize “the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal aspirations of human beings and the importance of their inclusion in government policies”.

The UN invites all member states, organizations and civil society to celebrate the International Day of Happiness with educational and awareness activities.

According to the conclusions of the World Report on Happiness in 2018, prepared by the Network of Solutions for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Organization (SDSN), the Nordic countries are the happiest in the world. The ranking is led by Finland and Norway, which this year has lost its lead. The top 10 is made up of countries such as Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Holland, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.

The study classifies 156 countries according to their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita, social support, the hope of a healthy life, social freedom, generosity and the absence of corruption. France is in the 23rd position and Spain, in the 36th.

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