for All, Forever.

"Fellow Citizens, members of the 7.8 billion strong global human family, let us rise and unite in common purpose on this 2021 #InternationalDayOfHappiness, to #BuildBackHappier, and to advance and achieve #HappinessForAllForever by following the #TenStepsToGlobalHappiness” - Happiness Day founder Jayme Illien
UN Resolution 66/281UN Resolution 65/309



The 2021 International Day of Happiness campaign theme, Happiness For All Forever, seeks to unite the great human family in common purpose, to enhance and advance the happiness of individuals, organizations, communities, nations, and all of society..., in harmony with nature, and to ultimately achieve the happiness of all life on earth. As we all start a new chapter in the great story of all of us, turning the page to a post pandemic, both new and next normal, with lasting lessons from our shared experience and suffering, let us begin anew the quest for a world where all are happy, well, and free, as called for in the United Nations Resolution 65/309: Happiness Toward A Holistic Approach To Development; the United Nations High Level Meeting on Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining A New Economic Paradigm, and the United Nations Resolution 66/281 International Day Of Happiness.

- Jayme Illien, Founder of the United Nations International Day Of Happiness


To serve as a beacon of light, inspiration, and hope for all who aspire to live happy and fulfilling lives.

We achieve this by selecting the official #InternationalDayOfHappiness annual theme and announcing the annual tradition: Ten Steps to Global Happiness. And by working to promote and advance:


  1. Happiness as a fundamental human right and goal for all
  2. Happiness as a universal aspiration in the lives of all
  3. Happiness as a way of living, being, and serving communities and society
  4. Happiness as a north star for individuals, communities, governments, and society.
  5. Happiness path toward achieving the sustainable development goals
  6. Happiness as a “new paradigm’ for human development
  7. Worldwide celebration of the international day of happiness that is democratic, diverse, organic, and inclusive

10 Steps to Global Happiness for 2021

1. Tell everyone.

The first step in the Ten Steps To Global Happiness, is Tell Everyone with the idea and purpose of spreading the word about the existence and mission of the International Day of Happiness. Tell Everyone is designed to be very simple such as wishing a friend, family member, professional colleague, group, or stranger a “Happy International Day of Happiness” just as one might wish someone a “Happy Birthday” or a “Happy Holidays”. The idea of Tell Everyone as the first step is also to leave an open window for creativity, and more innovative and complex ways of Telling Everyone with the broader purpose of informing as many people as possible about the International Day of Happiness. These examples include writing a song, a youtube video, or printing out and sharing the UN Happiness Resolutions in a public setting such as a school, office building, restaurant, or coffee shop. The idea is to have fun with it, and to be creative in expressing oneself while getting the news out about the International Day of Happiness.

Tell everyone.

2. Do what makes you happy.

Do What Makes You Happy is the second step in the Ten Steps To Global Happiness annual campaign tradition and is designed to emphasize several important aspects of personal and individual happiness. The first is that happiness is a choice and comes from within. Happiness is about practicing self love, mindfulness, acting consciously, and with purpose and intention, positive energy and mindset, and celebrating the things you love that make you happy. The second step also employs the “happiness is contagious” mechanism as a way of spreading happiness to others by doing what makes one happy.

3. Virtually attend and Celebrate a World Happiness event.

World Happiness Week
World Happiness Report Launch

4. Give and Spread Happiness to Others.

Happiness is contagious. Step 4 is to give and spread happiness to others! Spread joy around the world simply by sharing a smile with a stranger, or reaching out to an old friend or family member. Happiness is contagious.

Give and Spread Happiness to Others.

5. Celebrate.

Step 5 is to create your own #InternationalDayofHappiness or World Happiness Week celebration. Promote it on Social Media, put out a Press Release, let the world know about your Happiness Day event!


6. Share what makes you happy on Social Media.

Sharing what makes you happy on social media connects people worldwide and spreads happiness around the planet to others, thereby increasing and elevating the happiness of all humanity.

Use instagram hashtags #happinessforallforever, #tenbillionhappy, #internationaldayofhappiness, #happinessday, #choosehappiness, #createhappiness, or #makeithappy to spread happiness!

7. Promote the Resolutions.

Happiness: towards a holistic approach to development

International Day of Happiness

8. Advance the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

9. Enjoy Nature.

Step 9 is to get outside, enjoy nature, and connect with the environment. Some ideas are going for a hike, going to the park, visiting lakes and natural sites to get in touch with nature. Research studies from around the world have proven that spending time with nature increases happiness and well-being levels.

10. Adopt Happytalism.

Step 10 is to adopt and spread a more holistic, inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples, such as Happytalism.