Tomorrow is the first ever United Nations International Day of Happiness. In 2012 the General Assembly passed the resolution saying they were doing so “…recognizing also the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples…”.
An inclusive, equitable, and balanced approach, not only to economic growth, but to everything is something the world needs desperately. And the recognition that these things are vital to the happiness and well-being of all people is surely something to be celebrated.
We are not happy when we are off-balance, when we are treating others or being treated unfairly, or when we are excluding others or being excluded. This is, I believe, common sense. But if Yoga has taught me anything through the years it is that any action or behavior, positive or negative, starts with us. If we want to be fair, balanced and inclusive in our dealings with others, we need to be treating ourselves in that way as well.
Are we fair in our assessment of ourselves? Are we balanced in our expectations? Do we accept, wholly and completely, who and what we are?
Action for Happiness is one organization that is focusing on happiness in ways both big and small. Making ourselves happy, making others happy, and helping the happiness to spread.
When we observe the world, we don’t have to look very far to find barriers to happiness. Let’s work on tackling the barriers within as well. The Golden Rule applies to the self. Treat others (and yourself) the way you want to be treated. Be kind, be compassionate, be fair, be inclusive, be balanced. And then go out into the world and be a bearer of happiness.
Happy Happy Day, yogis!