March 20th is the Spring Equinox and
the International Day of Happiness
The history of the Holiday
The International Day of Happiness is a holiday established by the UN General Assembly to support the idea that the dream of happiness is shared by all the inhabitants on the globe.
The date for the celebration was not chosen by chance. March 20th is the spring equinox, symbolizing the equal right to happiness for all. All people are united in their desire to enjoy life.
The initiators of the holiday sought to draw the attention of the rulers to spiritual and moral issues, to emphasize that a prosperous financial and economic situation does not guarantee people true happiness.
The history of this very young holiday began in the summer of 2012.
The idea to celebrate the International Day of Happiness was put forward in the small Kingdom of Bhutan. And here is what it's all about: The inhabitants of this state are recognized as leaders in the coefficient of Gross National Happiness. This is how the well-being of its citizens is measured. Interestingly, the emphasis is not on material wealth, but on traditional spiritual values: family, health, nature, and religion. This concept is based on Buddhist ideas about happiness. It was introduced by the fourth King of Bhutan more than forty years ago, and since then it has been used in the country as an unofficial philosophical doctrine.
The Masters of Wisdom share with us Their understanding of true happiness
A Teaching about Happiness
A Teaching on Happiness and the Divine Path
“Happiness is just the state of your mind. Even when it seems to your external mind that there is no end to the problems and concerns of your life, if you manage to raise your consciousness a little bit higher, you will realize that, in fact, you are the happiest being in this Universe… everything that is taking place around you. Most of your problems, 99 percent of your problems, you create yourself simply because you cannot set your consciousness free and let it go beyond the limits of the reality around you. Happiness is just the state of your mind. In fact, the Teaching that we are giving is the Teaching that will bring you happiness.
Your consciousness is learning to perceive everything around you in terms of the other, Higher reality. And you acquire the knowledge of the Law of Karma. This knowledge and your skills allow you to manage your life situation. You must understand that it is you yourself who separates you from your state of happiness. In other words, you do not allow yourself to be happy.
…let’s see how a wise man behaves. He can feel joy when other people are happy. He can also be happy with the fact that another person can buy something or do something, though he cannot. This man acquires the merits in his heart that allow him to elevate his consciousness over the commonplace and feel joy and happiness in his consciousness.
When you learn to feel joy seeing other people’s achievements, in this way you will find an opportunity for you yourself to be successful. …if you continue to develop your positive thinking, you will be able to understand that there aren’t any signs of happiness accepted in your society that can bring true happiness. True happiness consists in your capability to sacrifice yourself for the wellbeing of other living creatures. You sacrifice yourself, and from the point of view of the people who are now living on Earth you are a failure; however, your state feels like quiet inner happiness and bliss. And you will never exchange this state of yours for any riches of the world. <…>
Devotion and service are those qualities that you must aspire to accumulate within yourselves. “