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5 Ways to Celebrate the International Day of Happiness

By Margaret Manning March 19, 2017 Mindset

Happy International Day of Happiness everyone! Today is an opportunity to celebrate one of the most basic, and important, human emotions – happiness.

To help you get your day off to a great start, we’ve compiled a list of 5 things that you can do to boost your positivity. We hope you enjoy them.

Stop Reading Bad News for a Day

Does it ever feel like the only news that makes it into the air is bad news? Well, there’s a reason – bad news sells! So, to celebrate this year’s International Day of Happiness, why not make a commitment to reading only good news for 24 hours?

Maybe you want to check out Huffington Post’s “Good News” page. Or, perhaps you want to visit Daily Good to see what positive things are happening today. At the end of the day, ask yourself if you really missed hearing about the darker side of humanity. Chances are you didn’t.

Dance to Pharrell Williams’ 24 Hours of Happy

Who says that life after 60 should be serious? Not me! To get your morning off to a great start, why not take a few minutes to dance to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” song? To get you warmed up, here is the short 4-minute version.

Then, when you’re ready to take your dance steps to the next level, visit the official website to see the 24-hour version.

Use these Simple Tricks to Increase Your Happiness in Under a Minute

Do you love dark chocolate? Then, I have good news for you! Eating dark chocolate is on our list of 7 simple things that you can do to increase your happiness in under a minute. If you have a little bit more time, try our Happiness Meditations.

None of these will change your life by themselves, but, they may give you the boost you need to get on the road to positivity today.

Use the Happiness Action Pack to Boost Your Positivity

Looking for tangible steps to take this International Happiness Day to boost your positivity? Why not take a few minutes to work through the “Happiness Action Pack” from Action for Happiness.

What I love most about this resource is that it forces you to put your ideas about happiness into words. This, in turn, helps you to find out more about yourself, which is a great first step on the road to positivity.

Do Something Nice for Someone

Several studies have shown that one of the best ways to increase your happiness is to give generously. You contribution doesn’t need to be financial.

Helping a neighbor to collect his or her groceries can improve their life, while enriching your own. Sometimes just saying a kind word or two can make someone’s day.

If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, why not visit VolunteerMatch,org and look for an opportunity to give back in your community. Not only will this help you to get the most from International Happiness Day, but, it will set you up for positive experiences for the rest of your life.

How are you planning on spending International Happiness Day this year? What advice would you give to a friend on how to be happy after 60? Please join the discussion.

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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