Happiness is increasingly being talked about and taken seriously at both national and international levels. A recent, and very encouraging, example was the United Nations International Day of Happiness, which was celebrated for the first time a couple of weeks ago.
There is increasing evidence that you can get the most effect by simply focusing on making your people happy. With today being the first UN International Day of Happiness, it is a good time to take a closer look at this.
The UN have declared this Wednesday 20 March the International Day of Happiness. Many people might find this faintly ridiculous and I am sure there will be plenty of jokes about unhappiness as well complaints about the UN having better things to do such as sorting out Syria or North Korea.
But one of the virtues of talking about happiness is it quickly brings you back to the everyday details of life. Today is as much about citizens - about us - as it is about the governments that make up the UN.