With so much of our focus and attention on economic growth and GDP performance, it can be easy to get caught up measuring progress in raw numbers. Sometimes it becomes so easy, in fact, that we lose sight of the mere thought of how happy we actually are. Increasingly, there is a push for an awareness of how happy we as humans actually are, and that how happy we are should also be a measurement of how much we have progressed as a civilization.
In 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which recognized happiness as a “fundamental human goal” and called for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples.” All 193 United Nations member states have adopted the resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority. As such, it was decreed that the International Day of Happiness would be observed every year on March 20th. This holiday was celebrated for the first time in 2013, and we continue to observe it today. Be happy, be healthy, and never lose sight of the pursuit of happiness!