International Happiness Day

The Easter long weekend is often thought of as a time spent with family, friends and loved ones, but for those of us without others to be around, who don’t have a place to be or a break to have, it can be a very long weekend.
With that in mind, we turn our thoughts to the fundamental importance of happiness to our health.
Following on from Brain Awareness Week which marked March 14th – 20th, March 20th held the International Day of Happiness.
The UN General Assembly in 2011 decided that happiness was now a priority, and that more emphasis needed to be placed on human happiness. There was a call for ‘a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples’.
Here we see a shift away from the stress of economic drive and the heartache of recession, and a change that moves towards eliminating mental health stigma. This is an adopted United Nation world-wide goal and is important to Manchester’s Global Health Society.
Happiness is fundamental not only for good mental health, but also physical health. The absence of happiness is associated with not only mental health conditions and psychosomatic illnesses (those that involve both the mind and body) but also physical illnesses that may seem unlinked. These include: stress linked heart attacks, digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome, and more commonly headaches, pain and menstruation problems.
After the first UN conference on Happiness in 2012, all 193 UN nations celebrated the International Day of Happiness on its creation in 2013.



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