Celebrate the first International Day of Happiness

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20 March 2013 is the inaugural International Day of Happiness.

Adopted last year by the UN General Assembly, the Day recognises that happiness and well-being are universal goals to which people around the world aspire, and underscores the importance of these goals in international and national policymaking.

In his message for the Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "The pursuit of happiness lies at the core of human endeavours." He drew attention to the need for broader measures of progress to complement Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and bett