Global Learning Programme Wales

Oh Happy Days! International Day of Happiness 2018

Celebrating happiness in your school (International Day of Happiness, 20 March)

Did you know that the tiny Himalayan state of Bhutan has greater happiness as a national goal instead of wealth?

Founded by the United Nations in 2012, the International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on 20 March. Why not take a look at the following ideas from the Global Learning Programme (GLP) and celebrate happiness in your school in 2018?

Are some parts of the world happier than others? 

The World Happiness Report for the UN lists countries according to their level of happiness:

What about the UK?

In the classroom

What makes me happy

So often the media presents us with negative images of developing countries. Whilst not wishing to detract in any way from the difficulties being faced by so many, it is important to redress the balance.

These films from the Ragdoll Foundation for Foundation Phase and KS2 portray children from the Netherlands, Vietnam, Uganda, South Sudan, Columbia and Bangladesh. They are suitable for showing in Welsh or English–medium schools as they are not sub-titled and rely on images to convey their meaning. 

Use the resource to encourage empathy rather than pity by showing that happiness is to be found all over the world and in what we might consider to be the most unlikely of circumstances.

Support from GLP-W

The world community has signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN’s roadmap to economic, social and environmental well-being.