Village Voice: March 2022

Build Back Happier

This is the theme for this year’s global celebration to mark the United Nations International Day of Happiness. It is coordinated by Action for Happiness, a non-profit movement of people from 160 countries, supported by a partnership of like-minded organisations.

The last 2 years have changed the way many of us see the world and our place in it. Overwhelmingly people are reaffirming the value placed in relationships and connection and also in overall wellbeing. As we reunite, reengage, revisit and reconnect to build back our social and personal lives, choose to build back happier, kinder and together.

Sounds good but not sure how or where to start? The Day of Happiness makes these suggestions: 

Happier: Do something for your own happiness – make time to do something you really enjoy, get moving outside, learn something new or write down three things you’re grateful for.

Kinder: Do something for someone else – donate to a food bank or charity, text or call someone to tell them what you appreciate about them, volunteer in your local community.

Together: Share the International Day Of Happiness with others and help more people get involved in the day and thinking about ways to promote happiness and mental health.

Get Involved: There are also some great, free ways to get involved including happiness coaching, webinars and connection with a supportive online community. Visit the day of happiness website for more information

If you are interested in learning more about the science of happiness – Action for Happiness has some great resources online and also shares that everyone’s path to happiness is different. You don’t need to do what anyone else does, just do what feels right for you.

Their “GREAT DREAM” 10 keys to happiness is a good start and doesn’t have to be complex. Just attending the March C.L.E.O. event ticks the 10 boxes – you would be “giving” through your raffle donation, “relating” with the people you sit with, “exercising” when you walk down to Clarke Centre, engaging in “awareness” while your table does the trivia challenge, “trying out” new things when you come along for the first time or bring a new dip you have made to share, looking forward to the night gives you “direction”. “Resilience” is what we all are showing when we return to communal events and bounce back from isolation, C.L.E.O. is guaranteed to produce lots of laughs and positive “emotions”, “acceptance” is what we all learn when we get the trivia question wrong! and being part of something bigger that brings joy and connected gives us all “meaning”.


Kim Jackson, CEO