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International Day of Happiness: Date, Theme, And Importance in 2022

The United Nations observes the International Day of Happiness on March 20 each year. With our world facing unprecedented difficulties, happiness is more crucial than ever. The International Day of Happiness aims to increase awareness about the importance of happiness in one’s life and the overall influence it may have on one’s well-being.



The United Nations General Assembly established March 20 as International Day of Happiness on July 12, 2012, recognising the significance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and objectives in people’s lives across the globe.

Bhutan convened the gathering on its own initiative. Since the early 1970s, the country has recognised the importance of national happiness above national money, and it notably chose the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product.


The United Nations’ 193 member nations observed the inaugural International Day of Happiness in 2013.

The United Nations established 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 with the goal of eliminating poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation – three critical components that lead to happiness and well-being.



The theme for 2022 is “Build Back Happier,” with the goal of achieving worldwide recovery from the COVID-19 epidemic. Due to lockdowns and pandemic-related rules, families and friends have been unable to be together for extended periods of time. The economy and people’s livelihoods have suffered greatly. This implies that happiness is at an all-time low in many areas.



There are several crisis situations going on throughout the world right now, it is getting increasingly difficult to concentrate on happiness. So, on this International Day of Happiness, let us remember to ourselves and everyone around us that our actions count and that every one of us, no matter where we are, can help to make the world a more compassionate place.