In 2012, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed March 20 to be the International Day of Happiness – a day when the world celebrates happiness as a fundamental human right and goal for all of humanity. The UN resolution was initiated by Bhutan, a country that measures wellbeing not by Gross Domestic Product but rather by Gross National Happiness. Although the day is about increasing world happiness through equity, poverty eradication, and sustainable economic growth, it is also about developing joy and happiness in ourselves.
If you would like to participate in this year’s celebration, the library has options for you:
- Visit the United Nations website to learn more about the day: http://www.un.org/en/events/happinessday/index.shtml
- Attend the library’s International Day of Happiness Celebration: http://www.cantonpl.org/content/international-day-happiness-celebration-0
- Check out this list of library books that will help you learn about happiness, cultivate happiness, or bring a smile to your face: