The General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 66/281 of 12 July 2012 proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness recognizing the relevance of happiness and well–being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.

Message of the Secretaty–General on International Day of Happiness

I wish everyone around the world a very happy International Day of Happiness!

The pursuit of happiness is serious business.

Happiness for the entire human family is one of the main goals of the United Nations.

Peace, prosperity, lives of dignity for all – this is what we seek.

We want all men, women and children to enjoy all their human rights.

We want all countries to know the pleasure of peace.

We want people and planet alike to be blessed with sustainable development, and to be spared the catastrophic impacts of climate change.

Let us give thanks for what makes us happy. 

And let us dedicate our efforts to filling our world with happiness.

Ban ki-Moon

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