Over 50s Lifestyle

‘Choose to help’ on International Day of Happiness 2022

March 20, 2022

20th March is the UN International Day of Happiness, but with all that is happening in the world – war, COVID, floods, inequality and uncertainty, it is certainly difficult to feel happy isn’t it?

The message for this year’s International Day of Happiness is Choose to Help. In a recent, post I wrote about the guilt we can experience when our life is going well, whilst other’s are experiencing so much devastation and hardship. The International Day of Happiness is the perfect time to start helping others and in doing so, find your own happiness.

What is International Day of Happiness?

The International Day of Happiness is an annual UN event promoting the idea that happiness is a global human right.

The campaign is organised by non-profit Action for Happiness, and aims to reduce global inequality, end poverty and protect the planet for future generations.

Ways we can help others and also importantly ourselves

  1. Share positive messages. It is difficult to remain upbeat and positive all the time however sharing positive messages can inspire others and also lift our own spirits. Living in an online world means it is easy to spread positive vibes to promote, peace, kindness and understanding. Let’s not forget though the in real life personal connections. Contact a friend who might need a chat.
  2. Connect with people. Know someone who is struggling or are in crisis? Reach out to offer your care and support.
  3. Give directly. Donations in the form of money, food, clothing or even your time can have a huge impact on helping others and to bring some relief into their lives.
  4. Helping yourself our own mental health and well-being is enhanced when we are feeling happy and contented. Take time to do something that brings happiness to you not just for International Day of Happiness but for every day.

Some resources you may find useful

The Action for Happiness website has resources to help us be Happier, Kinder Together and I’ve signed up for their free 10 Days of Happiness course.

How do you find happiness when the world is in turmoil? How do you feel when you help others to feel happier?

Sending you best wishes on International Day of Happiness and always

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Retirement Reflections March 20, 2022 at 11:56

    Thank you for another great post, Sue. What better way to celebrate the International Day of Happiness than focussing on helping others?!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2022 at 08:32

      I know I always feel happy when I help someone, Donna as I know you do. xx

  • Reply Janine March 20, 2022 at 15:16

    Hi Sue thank you for sharing your post with your uplifting and positive messages. Your reminder for us all to be kinder sends out a far reaching ripple across the internet

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2022 at 08:33

      Thanks Janine! I think we can all be reminded that kindness is so important, especially during these times. I like to think I’m ‘sending a far reaching ripple across the internet’ but we can all do this, can’t we? Enjoy your week. xx

  • Reply Debbie March 21, 2022 at 16:44

    I love that Mark Twain quote Sue, it’s so very true isn’t it? Love the fact it was International Day of Happiness, thanks for sharing these messages with us.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2022 at 08:40

      Hi Deb, I liked the quote too. I find such joy and happiness when I’m helping others. xx

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