International Day of Happiness
Hufflepuff Pride Day
National Jump Out Day
The resolution was initiated in part by Bhutan, a country that had earlier adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness (GNH) instead of Gross National Product (GDP), after beginning to focus on national happiness over national income in the early 1970s. In April 2012, Bhutan hosted the “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm” conference at the General Assembly. This was the first high-level meeting about happiness at the United Nations, and over 30 countries were in attendance.
In 2013, the first year in which the day was held, a focus was put on celebrating those who bring much happiness to communities, who were known as “Happy Heroes.” Inaugural events for the day were held at the United Nations and the United Nations Foundation. The day was also launched with an event at the TedXTeen conference in New York City, with Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, as well as Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, in attendance.