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What makes you happy?

First celebrated in 2013, International Day of Happiness was created by the United Nations to highlight the role of happiness in helping people lead fulfilling lives around the world. It is celebrated on 20th March every year. The resolution recognized "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," and also recognized "the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples." All 193 United Nations member states adopted the resolution.


What is happiness, I hear you say?

What helps us smile, on those dreary days?

What sends a tingle, through our bones?

What helps us talk, in cheerful tones?

How does it pick, how does it choose;

When to come, and when to move.

How does it know, to work its way through,

Every single person; like me and you.

Some people try, as hard as they can,

To steal it away, from another man.

But it’s yours forever, it’s yours to keep;

Don’t let them take, something so deep.

You must look within yourself,

When times are blue,

Because happiness is a thing,

That lives in you.

Karen Hamilton


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