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Today, the 20th of March, is International Day of Happiness, as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.

This year’s theme is ‘be mindful, be grateful, be kind’.

How do mindfulness, gratitude and kindness relate to happiness, you may wonder...

Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where you are and what you’re doing and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. This starts with being aware of your body.

Mindfulness has positive benefits for our health, happiness, work, and relationships.

Gratitude is a positive emotion that expresses appreciation for what you have. Taking conscious effort and time to be thankful for loved ones, animals, nature, and life in general, makes you more positive - and that positivity radiates to the world around you.

Research has shown that people who practice mindfulness and gratitude, are happier.

Now, did you know that the happier you are, the kinder you are?

It also works the other way around!

When you're kind to someone (or something), you'll feel happier.

And you will probably make those you are kind to feel happier too, which will make them act kinder!

A win-win on all fronts.

So smile, be kind to yourself and others (even if they aren't being kind to you), and spread happiness all around!

I hope you have a wonderfully kind World Happiness Day!

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