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What better way to celebrate International Happiness Day than with a little does of “Happy” spread by Pharrell Williams?
International Happiness Day was established in 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly. The day acknowledges that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal” and recognizes “the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples.”
Williams has teamed up with the UN Foundation to celebrate the annual global International Day of Happiness on Thursday, March 20. In addition to a 24-hour event on YouTube, Pharrel is inviting people everywhere to take action and raise money for UN humanitarian efforts around the globe.
Research shows that those who give to others — be it through volunteering or making financial donations — are generally happier than those who do not.
As Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Does giving make you happy? Donate to a UN humanitarian campaign or initiative you believe in. If you aren’t sure what cause or fund to donate to, Pharrell is encouraging his fans to make donations to the Central Emergency Response Fund. The fund was established by the United Nations to “support critical aid operations for people affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts” and to “provide fast and reliable humanitarian
In addition to volunteering or donating, Pharrell encourages all his fans to post YouTube videos of themselves demonstrating their happiness to his global #1 smash hit “Happy” with the hashtag #HAPPYDAY and then register their submission at http://24hoursofhappiness.com.
At noon on March 20 in each time zone, Pharrell will spotlight the best submissions on the site. Fans are also encouraged to use #HAPPYDAY throughout all social networks.
How to Participate:
- Post dance mob videos on your Youtube channel tagging them with #HAPPYDAY
- Post Facebook, G+, Tumblr or Instagram photos/videos using the hashtag #HAPPYDAY
- Tweet/Vine messages using the hashtag #HAPPYDAY
- Post “Happy” covers on your YouTube Channel tagging them with #HAPPYDAY
- Play “Happy” on the air and give a shout out to CERF
- Share “Happy” Spotify and Google Play playlists on G+, Facebook, Twitter and/or Tumblr using the hashtag #HAPPYDAY
It is the Pharrell and the UN Foundation’s hope that as part of this global digital engagement, people will be reminded that everyone deserves a chance at a happy, healthy life, and encouraged to make donations to support UN humanitarian efforts designed to increase those opportunities for the people who need it most.