Today is the International Day of Happiness, an observance day marked by the United Nations since 2013 after it was first proposed by Bhutan. In keeping with the fact that we are in the midst of a global pandemic, this year’s theme is #HappinessForAllTogether.
There are also #TenStepsToGlobalHappiness set out for this year:
- Let’s stick together: we need unity and collective action to get through this pandemic
- Follow W,H.O. advice: there’s a lot of incorrect info flying around, but the World Health Organization is the authoritative source
- Virtually attend a world happiness event: or just spread some love and gratitude in the blogosphere
- Stay social online: luckily we have the internet, so physical isolation doesn’t stop us from connecting
- Be kind, share, and say thank you: this is needed more now than ever to calm the frenzied panic
- Stay active and be mindful: take care of yourself to support your health
- Be optimistic, positive, and resilient: I’m more of a realist than an optimist, but whether one is an optimist or a realist in this situation, we are going to get through this. The world has been through worse pandemics before with less information-sharing and less medical knowledge and capabilities. We will get through this.
- Stay informed about facts and news: don’t put too much stock in what you see on social media, but stay up to speed on what the W.H.O. and national and local public health agencies recommend and/or require.
- Enjoy nature: the ability to do this will depend on where you live and what the quarantine situation is, but be aware that this virus spreads through droplet transmission rather than airborne transmission, so it’s not hanging out in the air unless someone has just coughed into that airspace.
- Adopt happytalism: as opposed to capitalism, happytalism is a holistic, unified approach to economic development and our social world to reduce the risk of global crises
So, this International Day of Happiness, let’s be grateful for what we have and support one another.
The COVID-19/Mental Health Coping Toolkit page has a wide range of resources that can help to make coping a little easier.