International Happiness Day - March 20th
In 2012 the United Nations General Assembly unanimously decreed March 20th as the International Happiness Day.
Will and Guy bring you a collection of humorous stories and pictures to celebrate this happy day.
It was the tiny country of Bhutan who proposed the idea for a happy day, and they should know as they institued the Gross National Happiness (GNH) index back in the 1972. Their seven happiness components are: Economic, Environmental, Physical, Mental, Workplace, Social and Political. From successive surveys, Central American countries such as Costa Rica emerge as the happiest.
The United Nations were clever in matching Happiness day to the Vernal Equinox *, which usually falls on March 20th. Each year there are two days of equal sunlight, this celebrates that special day in the spring.
* Aequus - equal, nox - night.
Guy in Heaven!
A frightened feline that was lodged in a tall tree for a week, was finally hosed to safety with a high-pressure fire hose. Locals held an outstretched sheet and made the catch as the cat, soaked and hungry but unharmed, was hosed out of the tree by fire fighters last week in Yonkers, New York, USA.
'Everyone was cheering,' said artist and animal rescuer Greg Speirs, who was among about 50 people assembled beneath the willow tree. The cat had previously ignored people who banged cans of cat food and climbed ladders that proved to be just out of reach. It took two shots with the hose to do the trick.
'As soon as the cat landed it jumped out and ran into the woods,' Speirs reported to the New York Daily News.
'Some kids helped us bring the cat back, and a man said he would adopt the cat right on the spot,' Speirs added. 'You can't come up with a nicer ending than that.
Happiness Correlates with Marriage
Naturally, you can be unhappily married, but a lot of people are content with their marital lot. Overall, people in successful marriages are happier than people who are not.
There are those who are not married, but who are in stable, committed relationships. As long as this is effectively the same as marriage, then they also tend to be be happier.
Sherman - A Happy Dog
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