Happy International Day of Happiness
Many believe the purpose of life is joy. What does this really mean?
March 20 marks the International Day of Happiness centering around the 2019 theme “Happier Together.” The aim is to focus on what brings us together, rather than what divides us. Everyone is encouraged to take the action for happiness pledge, which is “to create more happiness in the world around us.”
In the Introduction to the Divine Principle, Father Moon states, “Everyone without exception is struggling to attain lifelong happiness and overcome misfortune.” Perhaps this day can remind us to honor and reflect on what brings joy, which is living for the sake of others.
In order to make the most of this day, there are several ways you and your community can get involved.
Join the Action for Happiness Community
One way to start the process is to join the Action for Happiness community here. By signing up, you will get a free guidebook which will offer tips and suggestions to make the most of your day.
Messages of Encouragement
One small and simple project that gets people involved is having messages of encouragement posted all around the community. Phrases like, “You can do it,” or, “Go for it,” could be prominently displayed on a community board that also allows people to add their own messages. Seeing encouraging reminders is a sure way to boost happiness.
Hold a Meditation Circle
Oftentimes happiness can be found within. Hold a meditation circle after Sunday Service and welcome any guests. When we can calm our minds and shut out the hustle and bustle of our daily concerns, we find that small voice inside us who knows we are complete and perfect just as we are. Even if we may not have the latest technology or the newest sneakers, we can still find joy in just Being.
Share Your Happiness with Others
Gain happiness as you share your happiness. Within our own communities, there are countless individuals who could benefit from sharing our presence and our innate gifts. If you have an elderly neighbor or know of someone in your community who is struggling with an illness, offer to drive them to the grocery store or spend time with them if they live alone. Not only will this boost their happiness, you are sure to leave with a smile knowing you made an impact.
We are more alike than we are different and finding joy doesn’t have to be about competition. When we find a focus outside ourselves, happiness is sure to come.
Visit www.dayofhappiness.net for more information.