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Happy International Day of Happiness 2016!

The purpose of International Day of Happiness is to, “recognise the relevance of happiness and wellbeing as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world”. Here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we have marked this important day in a number of ways, including a special blog and video series on happiness habits and a #HappyHaiku competition. In this post we share some highlights here for you!

Implementing Gross National Happiness Globally, From the Bottom Up

International Day of Happiness (20th March) is just a few days away and together with thousands of people around the planet, we are looking forward to joining the celebrations. This is the fifth time the world celebrates a “Day of Happiness”, and there is growing momentum behind the movement seeking to place the happiness and wellbeing of all life forms at the centre of development. From community organisations such as NOW, to international dignitaries like Nicholas Sarkosy and UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, there is a growing consensus about the need for a new social and economic paradigm that acknowledges the interconnectivity of our world. Ban Ki-Moon has made clear: social, economic and environmental wellbeing are indivisible.

International Day of Happiness: Do Good, Feel Good

Gretchen Rubin is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on habits and happiness. She is the author of instant bestsellers, including The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, and her latest book - Better than Before - is about how we change our habits to achieve a happier life. This week we’ve been sharing a series of guest blog posts and videos in the lead up to International Day of Happiness, themed around happiness habits. In this post we share some insights gained from Gretchen Ruben’s work on this important topic.

Wellbeing NOW: Celebrating International Day of Happiness!

Here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW), we’re excited about the upcoming International Day of Happiness on 20th March, and we hope you are too!

In this month’s Wellbeing NOW update we share various ways you can get involved in International Day of Happiness, plus plenty more wellbeing-related news, events and resources.

Training the Happiness Muscles

Successful athletes know they have to focus on winning, not on losing. So why do people who want to increase their happiness, often focus on their unhappiness? Miriam Akhtar is a positive psychologist who specialises in creating training programmes to develop the happiness muscles. She is the author of a book on positive psychology for depression. This post is part of our special International Day of Happiness series on happiness habits.