UN passes resolution to create International Happiness Day

The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution appointing the equinox day 20 March as International Happiness Day. The resolution was motivated by ‘the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promoted sustainable development and poverty eradication, and the happiness and wellbeing of all people,’ it said. Read more.

The┬áproposal for International Happiness Day came from Bhutan, which has created a Gross National Happiness index based on the Alkire-Foster methodology of multidimensional measurement, which was adapted for the pupose. The GNH index includes both traditional areas of socio-economic concern such as living standards, health and education, and less traditional aspects of culture and psychological wellbeing. Read more about Bhutan’s GNH index.