The International Day of Happiness
What makes us happy?
Here at Q&A on our Second Annual International Day of Happiness we took a little informal survey on the things hat make us happy and why. Below are some of the responses. Take time and reflect on what makes you happy.
I got this little bear when I was six. Every Saturday, my sister and I accompanied my mother to Patrick Air Force Base for our weekly housewares and grocery store run. I always stopped first at the ceramics aisle (there was a ceramics aisle in 1977!). It was common for me to pick up a little puppy or chipmunk figurine — but this bear stopped me in my tracks. It was the cutest thing I’d ever seen. After I got it home, I’d stare at it and ask my family “Have you ever seen anything this cute?!”
Fast-forward to 2018. I’m helping my mom renovate her house and packing the whole thing up. I’m frying hot in the Florida heat, tired and cranky. As I pack up some shelves, I’m greeted by this little cutie. I instantly smile. It still holds the same warm, cuddly feeling that it did decades ago. This little bear makes me so happy.
There are many things that spark happiness for me. But there is one thing that consistently and without fail makes me happy.
The first is the original series Star Trek of the 1960’s on reruns in the early 1970’s when I was 10 years old. It was the main television show we watched as a family that fully exploited the wonders of our brand new and very first bumper car-sized color television. My father and I bonded over the space-age optimism and science fiction of the series. It was the first time I realized I had something in common with him over which we could hold adult conversations about sophisticated topics.
When he was sent back to Vietnam we continued to discuss episodes on his weekly calls. This connection eased my anxieties about his absence. Star Trek is awesome.
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Since 2013, the UN has celebrated the International Day of Happiness.
This day recognizes the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. In 2015 the United Nations launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet—three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.