Could world happiness end global poverty and lead to world peace?

March 20 is International Day of HappinessOn June 28, 2012, all 193 member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the resolution to make March 20th the International Day of Happiness.

A basic tenet of the U.N. resolution is happiness is a human right and goal. It states,
“The General Assembly,[…] Conscious that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal,[…] 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. “

It’s wonderful to think that simply by doing what makes you happy and looking out for others’ happiness, we could solve global issues like poverty and war. Some would say this is idealistic and utopian. I see it as a beautiful and simple answer to so many of the problems in the world today.

Pharrell Williams has become an unofficial ambassador for the International Day of Happiness, launching his Happy video in 2014 and addressing the UN in 2015, where he proclaimed happiness is our birthright and asked for action on climate change.

What you can do to make the world a happier place on March 20th?
• Sign up at for their free “Happiness in the workplace” guide to make your workplace a happier place
• Share the happy. Use the hashtag #InternationalDayofHappiness and #HappyDay in March, or share one of my blog posts in March
• Read the 2015 World Happiness Report that delves into such fascinating questions as how does subjective well-being vary around the world by gender and age?
• Fresh out of school and need a job? The International Day of Happiness organization is looking for interns for social media, and a writer and editor

This week’s #HappyAct is to mark March 20th by doing something that makes you happy, and something to help the happiness of another person. Then do it every day of the year. Let’s make the world a happier place, one happy act at a time.

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof

The nominated songs in the Best Original Song category in the Oscars have been hit and miss over the years. But tonight I’ll be watching anxiously to see if Pharrell Williams’ song Happy from the Despicable Me soundtrack wins the Oscar for Best Original Song. Pharrell will also be performing the song live on the show. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week.

I love the lyrics to this song , lines like “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof”,  but it’s the tune that’s contagious.

This week’s Happy Act is to watch his Happy video and join me in clapping along when Pharrell wins Oscar gold tonight. Before you know it, you’ll be snapping your fingers, clapping your hands and feeling like a room without a roof.

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say…clap along because happiness is the truth.