Flowers Are Beginning to Bloom: International Day of Happiness

What makes you happy?  For me, the list of things is pretty long.  I get joy out of some of the smallest things in life but did you know there’s a specific day the UN set aside to promote happiness?

In June 2012 a resolution was adopted by the General Assembly of the UN to “proclaim 20 March the International Day of Happiness.” *  It’s just a coincidence that the International Day of Happiness falls on the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere but I find it a very happy coincidence, indeed!

As someone who struggles with depression, the first day of spring is a light at the end of a long tunnel.  The winter months are always hard, especially the months after Christmas, when everything is cold, dank, and lifeless but the first day of spring signals the start of a new beginning… start to bloom, trees begin to bud and it’s no longer dark when I get off work in the afternoon.  It’s amazing that a few extra hours of daylight can make a difference in how you feel.

Some of you might be wondering how the list of things that makes me happy is pretty long since I struggle with depression.  I wish I had an easy answer for you.  If you struggle too, I wish I could tell you some secret thing that would make everything better, but I can’t.  I just know I’ve learned to appreciate the little things in life and get joy out of them when I can because there are days when the darkness takes over and it helps if I can remember those little happy things.

Sometimes life throws horrible things our way but we can still find those little moments of happiness, tuck them away like the precious gems that they are, and take them out to examine them any time we’re feeling overwhelmed.  Sometimes it’s the little things that get us through the big storms.

So, I’ll ask again.  What makes you happy?  Is it a phone call from a loved one or a smile from a friend?  Is it the beauty of a sunset or the wonder in the eyes of a child?  Is it spending time with those you love or is it, perhaps, the smell of honeysuckle in the summer time?  Or is it all of those things and more?  Today, of all days, think on those things and celebrate!

*You can read more about the origins of the International Day of Happiness here:


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