This day recognizes the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives; and 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.
The adoption of the UN resolution followed a high-level meeting on Well-being and happiness, held at UN Headquarters on 2 April 2012. The main sponsor of the high-level meeting was the Kingdom of Bhutan, where the main focus of the government is the Internal Gross Happiness - instead of Internal Gross Product. The meeting concluded that, while material prosperity is important, it is far from being the only determinant of well-being.
The conversation, organized by the United Nations Academic Impact, in association with the Permanent Mission of Bhutan to the United Nations, marked the first-ever observance of the International Day of Happiness. The General Assembly, which in resolution 66/281 established the day, recognizes the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals.
The pursuit of happiness lay at the core of human endeavors. People around the world aspired to lead happy and fulfilling lives free from fear and want, and in harmony with nature. Yet, basic material well-being is still elusive for far too many living in extreme poverty. For many more, recurring socio-economic crises, violence and crime, environmental degradation, and increasing threats of climate change are ever-present threats. There is growing consensus on the possibility of meaningful joint action to achieve our basic human needs, such as fighting poverty, promoting health and well-being, safeguarding human rights, and protecting the environment. Taken together, they constitute the global map of human happiness. (source: un.org)
The basis for happiness at the individual and consequently at the social level is a balance of body, mind, and spirit. This is easily achievable through Yoga and meditation. Yoga has been practiced for millennia resulting in good physical and mental health, and a higher spirit. There are many different Yoga practices and traditions, everyone can find which suits them best, every practice leads to the same goal: one's own highest health, happiness, and realization.
During these turbulent times, it's essential to keep oneself in balance and retain one's happiness, which is the natural human condition. So, don't waste any more time, find your Yoga school, and do practice it!
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