20/03/2013 06:15 GMT

International Day Of Happiness: Find Out How To Cheer Yourself Up (PICTURES)

Did you know that today is the first International Day of Happiness?

Yes, today. When the clouds over our heads are grey and the 2013 Budget is announced. (Oh the irony!)

The chirpy event is part of a global initiative by the United Nations to encourage governments to consider the happiness and well-being of their citizens, rather than focussing exclusively on economic growth and development.

We're big advocates of being happy here at HuffPost UK Lifestyle. After all, the health benefits of turning that frown upside down are endless.

Smiling has been proven to lower stress, laughing can boost the immune system and de-stressing can reduce the heart rate.

What are you waiting for? Here are some natural ways to feel happy...

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What makes you happy? Let us know in the comments below