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United Nations International Day of Happiness

The United Nations focuses strongly on “the pursuit of happiness” as “a fundamental human goal.” The International Day of Happiness was first recognized in 2012 and increases public awareness about happiness and life aspirations as a part of international public policy. Social isolation has become an epidemic, seemingly “twice as deadly as obesity,” according to the United Nations. Here are three ways to celebrate and spread a little happiness in your community:

Join Happiness Actions—In major cities, happiness gatherings are organized to share positive, optimistic thoughts and increase community connection. Activists wear bright “happy” colors and hold signs that say, “You are loved!” and “You are awesome!”

Share Online Positivity—Online relationships are equally crucial to a person’s well-being as in-person relationships. Low web-esteem, a term that defines one’s self-esteem as determined by the internet, can even increase depression and negative thoughts. Share a fun photo, *cyber-hug* someone or like someone’s posts to share positivity.

High-Fives and Random Hugs—There are many groups around the world that organize outside of International Day of Happiness, but have a similar goal: to increase human connection. Get some friends together to share hugs and high-fives. This may sound ridiculous, but it spreads so much positivity and smiles, that a little silliness is worth it.