Today is the International Day of Happiness

As it's the International Day of Happiness, on the way to school today I asked my 5 year old daughter what makes her happy.  Her reply was quite simply "cuddles from you and Daddy". 

In case you didn't know the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution of 12 July 2012 proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness recognising 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.  (ref www.un.org)


As part of the activities to mark the day, singer Pharrell Williams, composer of the hit "Happy" is collaborating with the UN Foundation. Fans have been encouraged to post YouTube videos of themselves demonstrating their happiness to Pharrell's#HAPPYDAY and Pharrell's site 24 Hours of Happiness. (ref www.unmultimedia.org)
Anyway it got me thinking about what makes me happy and should I make a video?  Whilst I recognise that the fundamentals in my life are sorted - I have a warm, dry bed to sleep in, food to eat and clean water to drink - most of the things that make me happy are so fundamentally simple from hearing children laugh, smelling fresh cut grass, the sound of a cork popping out of a bottle of wine, spending time with family and friends to feeling warm sand beneath my feet. However, I think my daughter has got it spot on – the thing that makes me happiest is a cuddle! Rather than a video - here's a photo.