Happy International Day of Happiness

Today is the third annual United Nations International Day of Happiness.

I was going to write about a U.N. study’s findings that

Social isolation is as potent a cause of early death as smoking, and the epidemic of loneliness is twice as deadly as obesity.”

But that seemed a bit too depressing and scholarly. So instead I decided to post some cute animal photos (because those always bring a smile).

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It was during that photo search, however, that I stumbled upon the most appropriate way to mark the day.

International Day of Happiness FB

Wishing you every happiness today … and every day.


  1. Two funerals. Clouds over the only eclipse to take place in Ireland during the rest of my forseeable lifetime. A huge bill from the garage. Another bill from our water company. Happy days, eh??

    • Sorry to see you’re having a rough time of it. I do hope a warm hug from a friend brought some comfort today.

      • Ah, no. Not rough, not smooth. Just a time of it. I’m sorry I gave such a self-pitying impression. I really enjoy your writing. Thanks and carry on!

    • Seeing your comment brought the biggest smile yet. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you, Heather โ€” and a happy happy day to you too!

  2. Thanks for collecting and posting happiness. Aren’t we lucky that our happiness shows on our faces, rather than our elbows or our ears! And that a true smile lasts long enough to be captured by a camera. As a human, seeing smiles makes you smile. It’s contagious.

    That photo of the little girl and the camel is pure joy, isn’t it? I hope she has a copy of the photo herself so she can remember that moment as she moves through life.

  3. I think happiness is underrated in our modern world of “stuff” and more “stuff”. Thank you (belatedly) for sharing some real happiness with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Well said, as always, Keith! I’ve come to believe that some of our stuff actually *robs* us of happiness, because it distracts us from the things (and small joys) that really matter. But that’s a whole other blog post …
      Thanks a million for stopping by. It always makes my day to hear from you. Cheers!

  4. So funny! That mouse photo is one of my very earliest PINS. It’s just the dearest photo. The most joyful little creature and it always makes me smile. I’m not surprised that you chose it today. I didn’t know I missed the date, but I’m pretty sure I was happy that day because I’m rarely sad. Hope you enjoyed it too!

    • How sweet that the mouse photo was one of your earliest pins! (Great minds think alike, eh? ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s just something so sweet and cheeky about it …

      And how wonderful too to read that you probably had a wonderful “day of happiness” because you’re rarely sad. I wonder sometimes whether happiness is a choice โ€” or whether some of us are just genetically inclined to be happier. Either way, I’m glad you had a happy day of happiness! Cheers to you from Minnesota.

      • Guess what Minnesota? I left Canada for Washington DC on Monday. Stop over in Minnesota to connect. I was watching my phone clock and diligently arrived at the departure gate 55 minutes before. Sadly my phone didn’t update to local time and I had JUST missed my flight ! After about 100 “OMGOSH’s”, I was able to rebook on later flightโ€ฆ..thank goodness. Well Minnesota didn’t want me to go, isn’t that nice ! LOL

    • Smiling really is infectious, isn’t it? So is yawning, which is why my next post is going to be nothing but photos of people yawning. (Hope *that* idea brought a smile!) ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for your kind comment. I really appreciate your stopping by.

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