The Day of Happiness Project aligns its efforts based on the United Nations resolution which calls for countries to approach public policies in ways that improve the well-being of all people through economic, social, and environmental development . The UN Secretary-General’s said “the pursuit of happiness lies at the core of human endeavors. People in the world aspire to lead happy and fulfilling lives free from fear and want, and in harmony with nature”. March 20th is the day designated for the International Day of Happiness.
The Day of Happiness Project is providing much needed information such as The Way to Happiness which is known the world over as a common-sense, non-religious guide to better living that inspires greater tolerance and understanding between families, friends and communities. Wherever the booklet has been broadly distributed, the result has been typically reduced conflict, reduced crime and increased happiness. The Way to Happiness holds the Guinness Book of World Records’ mark as the most translated book on Earth. In 111 languages, over 100 million copies of The Way to Happiness have been distributed in 205 countries and territories.
Countdown to The Day of Happiness
Learn what the pledge is and how making it and getting others to make it will help spread real happiness.
Check out the Special Edition Way To Happiness booklets created exclusively for The Day of Happiness celebration. Get a SNEAK PEAK at the beautiful artwork from Jim Warren.
Find out how making a simple, easy donation can bring true and lasting happiness to the world.
Pledge to Be Happy
Pledge to provide information and assistance to those wishing to find greater happiness in their lives, make improvements in their relationships with family and friends, help children and students navigate the difficult choices they are faced with every day, and help improve the ethics and morals of our society. The real power of this booklet is best seen when it is shared with others. On the International Day of Happiness, we are pledging to help others be happier, to take actions to help others and those less fortunate. You would give this book to people that you care about. It’s actually a way to promote common sense actions that most people easily agree with. It’s a way to promote happiness by putting into people’s hands ideas that calms relationships between people so happiness and peace can occur.
Buy Custom Covers
Custom Covers have been THE SUCCESSFUL ACTION in uniting people around a certain group, theme, idea, landmark or pride. Pride in one’s family, community, city or other charitable organizations. One way this was achieved was by the creation of a cover that promotes the U.N. International Day of Happiness.
The special cover for this year was created by Jim Warren, world renowned artist, who has created artwork for Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, Prince, Authors Clive Barker and Robin Cook and many others. Warren creates collaborative paintings with Wyland, Michael Godard and Disney Studios.
The Day of Happiness Project will use donated funds to purchase books that are put into the hands of those who have promised, for example to distribute to children in schools, neighborhoods, community organizations that help, as well as mailing the books with a personal letter to persons in large cities where the crime rate is high. You can even choose which city you want your donated books to be mailed into.
HRH Unathi Phathuxolo Mtirara, Chairman and CEO: Opera South Africa
Colonel Prado, Colombia National Police
Nancy Cartwright, Voice-actress/Mother/Philanthropist
Gary Patrick, Business Owner USA
Andrés López Forero, Award-winning comedian and actor/Philanthropist
Frequently Asked Questions
The International Day of Happiness recognizes that happiness is a fundamental human goal, and calls upon countries to approach public policies in ways that improve the well-being of all peoples. By designating a special day for happiness, the United Nations aims to focus world attention on the idea that economic growth must be inclusive, equitable, and balanced, such that it promotes sustainable development, and alleviates poverty. Additionally the UN acknowledges that in order to attain global happiness, economic development must be accompanied by social and environmental well being.
The Kingdom of Bhutan sponsored U.N. resolution 65/309 called “Happiness: Towards a Holistic Approach to Development,” which categorically renounces Gross Domestic Product “GDP” as an inefficient yardstick to reflect the goal of “happiness” and declares firmly that a more balanced approach based on an amalgamation of economic prosperity and spiritual values is needed.
The Kingdom of Bhutan, is acountry in South Asia located at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by India. To the west, it is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim. Bhutan’s capital and largest city is Thimphu.
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 28 June 2012
(without reference to a Main Committee (A/66/L.48/Rev.1))
66/281. International Day of Happiness
The General Assembly
Recalling its resolution 65/309 of 19 July 2011, which invites Member States to pursue the elaboration of additional measures that better capture the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being in development with a view to guiding their public policies, Conscious that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal, 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, Recognizing also 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,
1. Decides to proclaim 20 March the International Day of Happiness;
2. Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to observe the International Day of Happiness in an appropriate manner, including through education and public awareness-raising activities;
3. Requests the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the attention of all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and civil society organizations for appropriate observance.
118th plenary meeting
28 June 2012
The Way to Happiness® book is a simple, straightforward and direct GUIDE TO GOOD CHOICES. The Way to Happiness book helps individuals make positive decisions or choices, and those decisions and choices have an effect on everyone.
The principles found in The Way to Happiness book are grounded in common sense and written for application. This book is a truly practical and modern guide that anyone can use to confidently steer their way to a happier, more successful life.
The Way To Happiness book sets a standard of conduct for the citizens of the world. This agreement then creates a civilization. A civilization is a place where individuals and groups and countries are able to get along with each other without violence and wars.
The Way to Happiness book successfully bridges cultural, language and religious barriers, and thus our campaign is comprised of volunteers and supporters from all over the world who are helping people everywhere to live happier, more successful lives and to create a safer, less violent world for all based on these common sense principles and values.
The Way to Happiness Foundation International is a secular organization and The Way to Happiness book is not a religious book. However, many different religious groups have used The Way to Happiness book as its simple but powerful messages are compatible with and complimentary to most religions of the world.
The Way to Happiness book was written by L. Ron Hubbard as an individual work and is not part of any religious doctrine. Seeing the collapse of moral standards and reduction in influence of the institutions which historically had advanced those standards, Mr. Hubbard wrote a wholly secular and non-religious, common-sense moral code, The Way to Happiness, a booklet that can be used as a logical guide by individuals of any race or religious background to help themselves, their families and associates. With 21 fundamental precepts, fully discussed, the booklet is used by children and adults to develop moral standards based on their own reasoning and understanding of why and how those standards promote a happier life.
Each chapter includes an in-depth essay that is easy to read and understand. It teaches in a way that makes sense and can give a person the values and understanding needed to make intelligent, correct decisions in life. The chapters are:
1. Take Care of Yourself
2. Be Temperate
3. Don’t Be Promiscuous
4. Love and Help Children
5. Honor and Help Your Parents
6. Set a Good Example
7. Seek to Live with the Truth
8. Do Not Murder
9. Don’t Do Anything Illegal
10. Support a Government Designed and Run For All the People
11. Do Not Harm A Person of Goodwill
12. Safeguard and Improve Your Environment
13. Do Not Steal
14. Be Worthy of Trust
15. Fulfill Your Obligations
16. Be Industrious
17. Be Competent
18. Respect the Religious Beliefs of Others
19. Try Not to Do Things to Others That You Would Not Like Them to Do to You
20. Try To Treat Others as You Would Want Them to Treat You
21. Flourish and Prosper
The Way to Happiness and its programs have been used by a wide variety of youth and community groups, schools and educational organizations, prisons and probation offices, drug rehabilitation centers, governments, hotels and other businesses, as well as concerned individuals.
The national “Set a Good Example Contest” has been recognized and commended by Members of Congress, senators and governors representing forty US states and by former US Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
In addition to the United States, it has also been adopted and implemented by government agencies in South Africa, Venezuela, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Nigeria, Indonesia, the Philippines, Israel, the Republic of Guyana and many others.