If you’re happy and you know it . . .

March 20, 2014

It’s the International Day of Happiness.

A profound shift in attitudes is underway all over the world. People are now recognising that ‘progress’ should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy.

All 193 United Nations member states have adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority and March 20 has been declared as the International Day of Happiness.

Would it be churlish to debate the politics in this premise?

Would it be churlish to point out that while money doesn’t buy happiness it takes economic growth to afford many of the things which contribute to happiness – like health care and education, clean water, decent housing  . . . ?

Would it be churlish to ask how much money went into dreaming up and promoting the International Day of Happiness, from whence that money came and whether there would be better uses for it?

Would it be churlish to point out that if you’re happy and you know it, you don’t need the UN to facilitate that and if you’re not you’re more likely to be if the UN sticks to its core business?

I can feel a bah humbug coming on.

To forestall that I”ll share this:


Be happy by order

July 1, 2012

The United Nations has decreed that March 20th will be the International Day of Happiness.

When you can have a whole Year of the Potato a single day for happiness is a modest request and a worthy aim.

But it would be more than a little sad if you happen to have one of those days that day – not just a bad day for you but a blot on the canvas of international happiness .


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