Happiness Day was founded in 2012, following an initiative launched in 2011 by Illien Global Public Benefit Corporation and the United Nations, with major contributions from the Kingdom of Bhutan and the Country of Iraq.

Annual Reports, which begin in 2011, are available by request via email to media@happinessday.org. It is the intention of the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership to eventually make the annual reports transparent and available to the public.