International Day of Happiness Ideas

They have a day for everything, right?

happinessTurns out that tomorrow, March 20, has been deemed the International Day of Happiness. Who knew?

I found it interesting how some communities are planning to celebrate the event. Tucson, Arizona decided to adopt this fledgling holiday this year by engaging in “happiness sprinkling.” Flash mobs will hold signs throughout the weekend with positive messages like:

  • Share Your Happy
  • Breath
  • Live Your Dream
  • Life is Good
  • You Rock!

The city is also including happy movie screenings at their library and sing-alongs in their streetcars. I like it. Sounds fun.

A campaign launched Monday asked listeners around the world to list songs that make them happy.

A Worldwide Happiness Dinner is inviting people to host a meal and have a conversation about happiness, including what truly matters in our lives, our relationships, good food and health, and how we can make the world a happier place.

Of course, you don’t have to wait until tomorrow for an official happiness day. Why not put some of these great ideas to use today? Or any day will do.

For example, pin a happy note on your mirror using one of the “happiness sprinkling” ideas above. Or try writing one of the following sayings on a sticky note and tack in your office cubicle or on your refrigerator:

  • FunLaugh Lots
  • Be Grateful
  • Happy to Be Alive
  • Give Love
  • Think Happy Thoughts
  • Be Silly
  • Have Fun
  • Smile On

Watch a happy movie (you can check out my favorite feel-good movies that never fail to lift my spirits in my blog, Top 10 Movies to Make You Feeel Happy, or listen to happy music all day (check out a list of my favorite happy songs in my blog, Music and Happiness, for some ideas.)

Have a happiness dinner to talk about what makes you happy.

No matter what’s going on in your life, find those small moments of joy. And try and make every day a happy day!

Images courtesy of kong sky and Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

 

juliegorges

Julie A. Gorges is the author of two young adult novels, Just Call Me Goody Two Shoes and Time to Cast Away and co-author of Residential Steel Design and Construction published by McGraw Hill. In addition, hundreds of her articles and short stories have been published in national and regional magazines, and she received three journalism awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association while working as a newspaper reporter. Julie currently lives in southern California with her husband, Scott, and has two grown children and three grandchildren.

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6 Responses

  1. Betty Eitner says:

    Great post… This is how we should be living our lives every day!

  2. Kimba says:

    This makes me want to move to Tucson!

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