The origin of the international day of happiness began with the 1980 birth…..
The Origin of The International Day of Happiness
The origin of the international day of happiness began with the 1980 birth and rescue of an orphan who was found abandoned by a roadside in Kolkata, India, by missionaries of Saint Mother Teresa, who first named him Adam, and sent him to live in America with a nurse named Anna Belle, who changed Adam’s name to Jayme.
Adam, (now named Jayme by his caretaker and adoptive mother), traveled around the world to war torn and poverty stricken developing countries, to save the lives of other orphaned and abandoned children, beginning at a young age and throughout his formative years, with his adoptive mother Anna Belle, who had founded a non profit charity, which helps save the lives of orphaned and abandoned children through international adoption and humanitarian assistance programs. Adam was horrified and appalled at the suffering of thousands of orphaned and abandoned children in the streets, slums, and orphanages, left behind by economic systems, governance, nations, and society. During these early years, Adam then made a promise, the “original promise”, to do everything possible to improve the situation of his suffering orphan brothers and sisters, and to research, develop, and implement permanent solutions to end their suffering.
In 2006, twenty-six years later, Illien who had studied and worked in international economic development, had initially presented the idea of recognizing happiness as a human right and “happytalism” as a new economic theory, system and human development paradigm to prominent economists, academics, political scientists, philosophers, heads of state, and development experts in a position to advance the concept into the mainstream discussion of human development. However, Illien’s idea was initially rejected. In response, Illien came up with idea for an “international day of happiness” as a new global day of awareness to place the question and discussion of happiness as a human right, as a new economic system to solve the great challenges facing humanity, and the ultimate purpose of every human being, nation, and society, in the hands of the 193 UN member states, and ultimately the people of the world, present, and in the future. Illien drew inspiration for conceptualizing and founding the international day of happiness as an annual celebration into perpetuity which would raise the global awareness and conversation a about happiness as a fundamental human right, new economic system, and ultimate purpose for individuals, families, communities, nations, and society, from other leaders, endeavors, and milestones in history such as the founders of the United States of America, the US Declaration of Independence and Independence Day, and the founders of the United Nations and UN Day.
The International Day of Happiness is celebrated worldwide every 20 March, and was originally conceptualized and founded in 2006 by Jayme Illien, CEO of the United Nations New World Order project, to advance happiness as a fundamental human right for all human beings, and happytalism, as new economic system, theory, and philosophy, which achieves the UN’s global goals, and the happiness, wellbeing, and freedom of all life on earth.
In 2012, the United Nations also hosted the first high-level meeting on Happiness and Well-being: Defining A New Economic Paradigm, at which UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon declared
“ We need a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic, and environmental well-being are indivisible. Together they define GROSS GLOBAL HAPPINESS”
— Fmr. UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon, High Level Meeting on Happiness and Well-being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm
Later in 2012, then UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon stated in his closing remarks to the 66th session of the UN General Assembly
“ Mr. President, during your tenure, the General Assembly also instituted a new observance on the UN calendar: the International Day of Happiness. Let us hope that through our work, including in the new session that begins tomorrow, we can turn that aspiration into reality. ”
— Fmr. UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon, Remarks at closing of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 17, 2012
On January 22, 2013, then UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon stated in an address to the UN General Assembly
“ My fervent hope, and our common urgent need, is that we can stop moving from crisis to crisis, from symptom to symptom, and instead address the underlying causes and inter-relationships, and recognize the flaws in many of our approaches. This is no time for business as usual. To shape the future we want, we will have to think and act innovatively and differently. We will have to throw off another brake on our common progress — the tyranny of the status quo. Too often, Governments and our international machinery operate on auto-pilot. Issues remain in their silos; worrying trends are allowed to persist and unfold, all because “that is the way things have been done”, or because true change is seen as costly or unrealistic, or entrenched interests have a hold on the legislative machinery.The decisions we take — or fail to take — in the crucial next few years will shape the world for decades to come. Let us be wise, responsible and forward-looking. Let us work as one to deliver for all. ”
— Fmr. UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon, Secretary-General, in Address to General Assembly, Calls ‘Tyranny’ of Status Quo ‘Another Brake on Our Common Progress’, January 22, 2013
On March 20, 2013, the first ever international day of happiness was celebrated with the launch of UNIDOHappiness, and the “Ten Steps to Global Happiness” campaign theme, which has since become an annual tradition.
Every 20 March since 2013, the International Day of Happiness is celebrated in 193 UN Member states,2 observer states, and 11 territories.
On the 3rd ever international day of happiness, UN Secretary Ban Ki moon said,
“ Happiness for the entire human family is one of the main goals of the United Nations. Let us dedicate our efforts to filling our world with happiness. ”
— Fmr. UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon, Official Statement of Frmr. UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon on 2013 International Day of Happiness
The next international day of happiness is March 20, 2020.
The 2020 International Day of Happiness campaign theme is ‘Happiness For All, Forever”. To celebrate, UNIDOHappiness, the UN secretariat for the International Day Of Happiness, is calling on all 7.8 billion people and all 206 nations and territories, to take the “Ten Steps to Global Happiness” challenge and call to action. The ten steps to global happiness are “ten easy steps any individual, organization, or country, can take on the international day of happiness, and throughout happiness week, to celebrate the international day of happiness, while also advancing the happiness, wellbeing, and freedom of all life on earth by 2050, when the United Nations forecasts global population to reach 10 billion”.The first step is “Tell Everyone”, which is designed “spread the word” to increase global awareness about the very existence of the international day of happiness, and the UN’s unanimous recognition of happiness as a human right, as well as happiness as an approach to sustainable economic and human development.
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