Published Date Written by Timothy Gillis
Warm blanket lovers, unite! Thursday, March 20, was the International Day of Happiness, so declared two years ago by the United Nations.
Locals celebrated on Monument Square by encouraging passersby to make a post-it note of why they were happy and add them to the happiness wall.
"It's in line with the work I do at with the Art of Living Foundation," Stephanie Rand said of the global organization founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Responses varied in tone from "I'm happy it's finally spring" to "I'm happy I'm sober."
The idea behind the international day of delight comes from Bhutan.
"Speaking at the High Level Meeting on 'Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm'... (the United Nations) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated that the world 'needs a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental well-being are indivisible. Together they define gross global happiness,'" according to the UN website.
"The meeting was convened at an initiative of Bhutan, a country which recognized the supremacy of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product."