The United Nations has declared March 20 as International Day of Happiness.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared “On this first International Day of Happiness, let us reinforce our commitment to inclusive and sustainable human development and renew our pledge to help others. When we contribute to the common good, we ourselves are enriched. Compassion promotes happiness and will help build the future we want.”
I can certainly get behind an observation that promotes happiness, and asks us to step up our efforts to make it a planetary reality and not just wishful thinking. That’s a charge I think we can all take to heart.
The particular date was chosen as it’s the equinox and it evokes the idea of balance which also strikes me as brilliant.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can celebrate this day, both on a personal level and as a global citizen. The personal part will be easy. I LOVE the Spring Equinox, not the least because I chose to get married on that day and have enjoyed celebrating that decision each year since. And the equinox is important to me for many other reasons as well, including the fact it feels like the true astrological beginning of the year for me. I’m filled with all kinds of hopeful, anticipatory, seed energy that’s ready to move into forward motion now. So I feel like I’ve got the personal celebration aspect well covered.
For my planetary contribution I’ve decided I’ll start with some donations to causes that I believe make a difference and can bring at least a small measure of happiness to those impacted, and that bring happiness to my heart as well. I think that’s an important consideration as we figure out how we want to navigate in our global experience – looking for ways that truly are win-win because we so clearly recognize how we’re all connected.
Today, the day before International Day of Happiness, happens to be the first observation of Artysville’s new weekly challenge – Glue It Tuesday. Doesn’t that sound like fun? I know paper and glue always fill my heart with happiness!
So my contribution today is the journal spread pictured above. The flowers are pressed from last year’s garden and are my encouragement to this year’s seeds. And as with lots of my journal pages there are obvious pockets and some hidden ones as well. I like leaving messages tucked in different places.
I’d love it if you’d leave me a message here in the comments. What are you happy about? What would you envision for a celebration for International Day of Happiness? Have you glued anything lately? Do tell – it really does make me happy when you share.