International Day of Happiness 2024

In homecare, service users can find themselves navigating uncertainty, so promoting happiness can have a significant impact. Learn how you can foster happiness.
Merina Martin
20th March 2024

International Day of Happiness: fostering inclusive growth for global well-being

Every year on March 20th, people around the world come together to celebrate the International Day of Happiness! This year the theme is ‘Happier Together’ and all 193 United Nations (UN) member states join together to highlight the importance of human joy and wellbeing. The theme this year reminds us that at this time of uncertainty, lasting happiness comes from feeling connected to others and being part of something bigger.

The day traditionally acknowledges the importance of happiness as a fundamental human goal and urges countries to shape public policies in ways that enhance the well-being of all individuals. By dedicating a specific day to happiness, the UN aims to draw global awareness to the concept that economic growth should be inclusive, fair, and balanced in order to foster sustainable development and reduce poverty.

The concept of dedicating a day to happiness was first introduced by Bhutan, a country renowned for its exceptionally content population. This Himalayan kingdom has been advocating for an alternative measure of national and societal well-being called the Gross National Happiness Index (GNH). The GNH rejects the sole emphasis on economic and material wealth as a metric of advancement, instead adopting a more holistic approach that prioritises the spiritual well-being of individuals and communities alongside their material prosperity.

The positive effects of happiness are significant and include better health and well-being. There are many ways to bolster and improve happiness and can include:

  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Being creative
  • Practicing gratitude
  • Spending times with friends and family
  • Exercise

How can home care providers respond?

In home care, service users often find themselves navigating uncertainty, so promoting happiness can have a significant impact. Sharing positive news stories, fostering positivity in working practices, and prioritising the well-being of carers will help promote happiness, enhance emotional health and facilitate social interactions.


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