20 Mar

Today is International Happy Day.  In 2012 the UN recognized March 20th as the “International Day of Happiness” realizing that happiness is a fundamental goal and that people who have rich connections are more likely to succeed in life and are better able to respond to life’s challenges.

Assembly Resolution A/RES/66/281 states in pertinent part:

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, Decides to proclaim 20 March the International Day of Happiness, Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to observe the International Day of Happiness in an appropriate manner, including through education and public awareness-raising activities[…]

United Nations General AssemblyResolution adopted by the General Assembly on 28 June 2012

To celebrate International Happy Day, the UN has launched the #happysoundslike campaign – a free playlist curated by world leaders, celebrities and you and me!  The idea is that music can create joy and can be an important part in creating happiness.

I have talked before on this blog about strategies to boost your mood.  Years ago my mother gave me a paper clipping that talks about 5 things that you can do to boost your mood.  Some of these are connecting with friends, eating a banana (yes!) and of course, listening to music and singing along.

I have recently started driving to work and have a new tradition of singing (loudly, and poorly) to at least one song before I park and head into the office.  On mornings where I’m feeling stressed about the day, singing along most definitely helps me feel more relaxed and brings a little smile to my face.  You don’t have to take it from me: scientists are saying it too.  The American Psychological Association has conducted a number of studies about music’s role in treating illness: including depression.  They have indicated that the vibrations in music and the excitement of seeing music live can be healing and that, in general, music can improve our quality of life.

Need a little boost?  Think about music and book International Happiness day, book mark the #happysoundslike play list or curate your own and keep it in your back pocket for when you’re feeling blue.  It’s science afterall!

Some selections from Friends With Benefits #happysoundslike playlist.  What do your happy sound like?

Kiss – Prince

Need You Tonight – INXS

People Everyday – Arrested Development

You & Me – Disclosure

Waiting Game – Hannah Georgas

Superstition – Stevie Wonder

September – Earth Wind and Fire

You can do it – Ice Cube

Shake It Off– Taylor Swift

Want a little more happy in your life?  Buy tickets to Friends With Benefits for The Royal on May 8th and improve your mood by dancing the night away while supporting a worthy cause.


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