{ Happy International Day of Happiness …* } HMW Ensure That Happiness Is A Fundamental Human Goal?

{ Happy International Day of Happiness ...* } HMW Ensure That Happiness Is A Fundamental Human Goal? | rethinked.org - photograph: Elsa Fridman

Happiness may have different meanings for different people. But we can all agree that it means working to end conflict, poverty and other unfortunate conditions in which so many of our fellow human beings live.

Happiness is neither a frivolity nor a luxury. It is a deep-seated yearning shared by all members of the human family. It should be denied to no-one and available to all. This aspiration is implicit in the pledge of the United Nations Charter to promote peace, justice, human rights, social progress and improved standards of life. from Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Message for International Day of Happiness 2014

Today, March 20th, is the second annual International Day of Happiness declared by the United Nations:

The General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 66/281PDF documentof 12 July 2012 proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives. (via UN.org)

What a splendid design challenge, to make happiness a fundamental human goal. Obviously, happiness means a lot of different things to a lot of different people and goal-setting can take many forms. So here are some things I’ll be thinking about today:

  • How do you define happiness?
  • What does it mean to you, as an individual, to make happiness a ‘fundamental human goal’?
  • How might we design more opportunities for happiness into our every day?
  • How might we create/facilitate happiness for others?
  • What is one thing you’ll do today to make yourself happy?
  • What is one thing you’ll do today to make someone else happy?

Would love to hear your thoughts and insights in the comments section below!

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