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 proposal 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.