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Wishing You All a Wonderful International Day of Happiness!

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”. NOW is proud to be part of the global campaign which has come together to celebrate this important Day, and we’d like to invite you to celebrate with us!

In this post you will find a summary of the inspiring videos and blog posts we have published around International Day of Happiness, plus details of our event plans today in Totnes (Devon, UK), and information on the wider International Day of Happiness campaign.

Online Series on Happiness

In honour of International Day of Happiness we have shared the following series of inspiring videos and blog posts on our website over the past few weeks:

Reasons to Celebrate International Day of Happiness - Here at NOW we see personal happiness as part of a larger picture of holistic wellbeing. A person’s overall wellbeing depends on the wellbeing of the community in which they live and work, while the wellbeing of their community depends on the wellbeing of society as a whole and the long-term health of the natural world on which we all depend.

The Importance of Connecting with People and with Nature - NOW’s Director Roger Higman reflects on how our happiest days are often built upon connection; with others and with the natural world around us. Roger also shares how a focus on connection will be guiding NOW’s work moving forward.

Your Happiness is Part of Something Bigger - This is a guest blog post by Alex Nunn, Head of Campaigns and Movement-Building at Action for Happiness. Every year Action for Happiness uses the 20th of March as a platform to launch a global campaign to promote positive social action for a happier world. The theme always focuses attention on an important social issue related to wellbeing; this year their theme is: ‘Your happiness is part of something bigger’.

Happiness: A Relational Way Of Thinking That We Can Learn - In this post NOW’s Joshua Malkin reports on his video interview with Sister Jewel, in which she shares some inspiring yet simple exercises that can help to deepen your relationships and change the way you look at life.

Happiness Is A Relational Way Of Being That We Can Practice – “On International Day of Happiness we are reminded that the growth of happiness is more important than the growth of GDP [Gross Domestic Product], and that happiness comes from connecting, caring, sharing and compassion”. This is a video interview with Satish Kumar, in which he shares some valuable tips on ways you can celebrate today.

Sharable summary of NOW’s International Day of Happiness online series: We have put together this blog post summary of our International Day of Happiness online series so that you can share this post with others to inspire them to bring a bit more happiness and wellbeing into their lives! So please share this post with friends on social media using the #InternationalDayOfHappiness hash tag, and tag us when sharing too if possible! (You can find NOW on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram).

Community Potluck Celebrations Featuring Matt Harvey

NOW will also be celebrating International Day of Happiness with a special Community Potluck in Totnes. The Potluck will take place at the Totnes Civic Hall from 6pm to 8.30pm tonight (Friday 20th March)! It’s a free event and all are welcome; we simply invite donations to cover the cost of the venue. We hope to see you there!

The Community Potluck is a shared meal in which people contribute a dish to create a collaborative feast; the result is an enriching evening for individuals and the community. This time around, we have an exciting line-up of entertainment, including the excellent poet Matt Harvey and local musicians, plus special guest Totnes Mayor Jacqi Hodgson will be joining us too. We will also offer and some optional participative activities for children and adults, including seasonal crafts and a wellbeing tree.

For further information check out this Facebook event and/ or get in touch with beth@networkofwellbeing.org.

Join a Positive Messages Flash Mob

Today, we will also be holding a positive messages flash mob in Totnes, in the lead up to our Community Potluck this evening, and as part of the Action for Happiness global wave of positive messages flash mobs. Click here for details about flash mobs  happening around the world, and click here for details of the Totnes event. 

Get Involved in International Day of Happiness

If you live in or around Totnes, you’re welcome to join us at our Positive Messages Flash Mob and our Community Potluck celebrations. If you live elsewhere, you can find out about activities around the world and download a free Happiness Action Pack from the dayofhappiness.net global campaign website. You can also follow and share content via social media on the hash tag #InternationalDayOfHappiness. Plus, keep an eye on NOW’s social media channels for updates (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram) and please do tag us in any International Day of Happiness content you’d like us to share. We’d love to hear from you, particularly about how you are celebrating!

Wishing everyone a wonderful, happiness filled day! 

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