International Day of Happiness - March 20th

March 20th marks the United Nations International Day of Happiness, an important reminder that wellbeing matters now more than ever in a world facing unprecedented challenges.

The International Day of Happiness aims to celebrate happiness worldwide and inspire people to spread positivity and smiles. We spend our lives pursuing happiness, often relying on external factors like getting rich or buying a dream home. However, constantly chasing these goals can negatively affect our mental health and lead to feelings of inadequacy. So, how can we become happier without relying on money or external factors? Here are a few ways:

First, it is essential to feel grateful. A lack of contentment is often a sign of unhappiness, and comparing ourselves to others can be detrimental to our mental health. Instead, we should focus on the small things in our lives and be grateful for them. Whether it's having a roof over our heads or food in our fridge, having people we can talk to, or just being alive, adopting a grateful mindset and seeing the positivity in any situation can drastically change our outlook on life.

Second, being mindful and practising meditation or deep breathing can help us quiet our minds and find a clearer path to improving our wellbeing. A peaceful mind comes with a peaceful life, and happiness comes with that.

Third, getting active and starting a routine is crucial for mental health. Exercise releases endorphins, which is why it is known as a 'natural' treatment for mental issues such as depression and anxiety. The more we exercise, the better we look and feel, which boosts our mood and brings a smile to our faces. Getting a routine going by waking up early, exercising, and taking care of our body and mind can set us up for success throughout the day.

Various organisations, including the United Nations, host celebrations and events on the International Day of Happiness. Through social media, people can share inspirational stories about what makes them happy, how their happiness can inspire those around them, and how it can help pave the way towards a better future. It is a time to share positive messages, connect with people, and give directly to those in need.

In conclusion, we should all remember that our actions matter and can help build a more compassionate world wherever we are. Let's take some time to reflect on the little things in our lives and be grateful for them. Let's practice mindfulness and take care of our mental health. Let's get active, start a routine, and set ourselves up for success. And most importantly, let's spread positivity and kindness wherever we go because, as John Lennon once said, "happiness is a journey, not a destination."