Inspired by the idea of Gross National Happiness in the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan, the United Nations passed a resolution in 2012 which urged countries to consider the greater happiness of its citizens. And in 2013, the UN declared March 20 to be the International Day of Happiness. In 2015, it launched 17 sustainable development goals to end poverty and improve the standard of life across the world, with a greater vision to improve well-being and overall happiness.
This year, voice actors from upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village, gathered at the UN headquarters in New York, on March 18 ahead of happiness day. The Smurf team has partnered with the UN and the UNICEF to promote its sustainable development goals this year. Their campaign—Small Smurfs Big Goals—which officially began on happiness day is designed to encourage youngsters and children across the world to learn about and support the goals for a peaceful world. As part of the celebrations, Team Smurfs recognised three young advocates—Karan Jerath, Sarina Divan, and Noor Samee—for their actions to promote the goals, stated a UN press release. Jerath, 20, invented a containment device that could prevent offshore oil spills and ensure the protection of marine life. Divan, 17, expanded a UN girl empowerment initiative at her high school and took it beyond, and Samee, 17, is a UNICEF blogger and an advocate of social justice issues.
“This inspirational campaign highlights the fact that each and every one of us, no matter how young or old, small or big, can make our world a better and happier place,” said Cristina Gallach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, in the press release.
It is a day to be happy, and recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of those around us. And Twitter, too, through images of delectable food, adorable babies, animals, and videos has been spreading cheer throughout the day.