Every year on March 20, the International Day of Happiness promotes the idea that part of humanity’s progress should include how to increase happiness and well-being.  

According to research, three things make people happy:

1. The quality of their relationships.
2. Having a job or hobby that they love and that challenges them.
3. Helping others through volunteer work or random acts of kindness.

Some of the happiest countries in the world include Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. Living in colder climates is not an indicator of happiness. Switzerland, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia ranked in the top 10 as the happiest countries. The United States ranked 19th.

On this day, people all around the world are encouraged to create more happiness in the world around them. Think about what you can do to create more happiness. Maybe you could volunteer or help someone in need. Or you may need to focus on becoming a happier person. This might involve improving the quality of your relationships. It might also be about finding a more fulfilling job. Whatever you do today, spread happiness to your family, friends, and colleagues.