It would be a beautiful planet to live in, if every face had a smile and every soul was happy – which is the motto behind of International Day of Happiness, celebrated on March 20 each year.

A worldwide movement that is meant to increase awareness towards spreading happiness and joy as a fundamental human right – is what International Day of Happiness is. Every year, countries celebrate this day to bring awareness among people regarding happiness with different themes – which are followed on March 20. For this year, the theme is Share Happiness — focusing on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other. All 193 UN member nations will adapt and put efforts to take and keep up with the resolution to make happiness a key priority index for progress.

As tough as it is to define happiness as it is absolutely subjective and relative to every individual, Chris Peterson, a pioneer in the ‘science of happiness’ or positive psychology, defines this as the study of things that make life worth living. That is how they define happiness too – a combination of things that make life worth living. Happiness and its definition can change and does change, according to the quality of the society in which people live. The hashtag for this year’s theme is #TenBillionHappy, which basically aims to “inspire, develop and promote initiatives across the board to secure ‘happiness for all’ by 2050”.

Spreading happiness doesn’t mean buying expensive stuff and giving them away, it can be as simple as smiling at someone, as simple as spending time with people who are often ignored. It can be as simple as feeding a poor person with simple food or giving out stuff you don’t need (I am sure there’s a lot), and bring smiles on their faces. You don’t need to spend thousands, not even hundreds – to spread happiness and make someone smile – just some efforts and you have a mile long smile.

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