20th of March
As established by the United Nations General Assembly, today March 20, 2014 is the second year that the world is observing the "International Day of Happiness".
This is one event that I am really confused about or sort of not understanding exactly. I mean understanding it the way I understand “Earth Day” and the likes. Don’t get me wrong though, I am not questioning the cause or purpose of the United Nations General Assembly because I am aware that whatever the UN declares is always for the common good of humanity.
I’m not taking it literally either but I just can’t help but wonder, is the state of being happy can be told? Or commanded? If you feel you are not happy can you promote happiness?
If your social media statuses are filled with smileys can I call you happy?
What makes you happy? Are you happy?
Seriously I wanted to know.
“It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?”
~Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness~
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