International Day of Happiness

Given the state in which we find the world today, with the battle against the Covid-19 virus, some of the things I drew on in this post three years ago seem rather trivial by comparison. I’m assuming that many of you won’t have seen this before, as you weren’t following my blog back then, so I’m sharing it again to show you that I can be a real misery guts when the mood takes me, instead of the little ray of sunshine I usually am in my posts. Ahem…

Somehow, I don’t think we’ll be hearing much about International Day of Happiness today, even if it has the UN’s backing. But I hope you can find some joy in today – even if it is just that the shops had some toilet rolls. If you open up the original post you’ll see one of the most joyous pieces of music I know: consider it my contribution to making at least three minutes of your day better than they were. Take care. Be safe. The government has it all under control – well, that’s what they tell us 😉

Take It Easy

In case you hadn’t noticed and the festivities had passed you by, today is International Day of Happiness. I think we could be forgiven for not noticing this as the celebrations here in the UK appear to be non-existent. How could this be? This is a long-standing tradition that goes all the way back to, er, 2012, when it was first decreed by the United Nations. Here’s the relevant extract from their resolution, in case you don’t believe me:

The words are worthy, but I have a huge degree of difficulty in understanding how anyone can think that we can be told to be happy. It’s a bit like telling a depressed person to ‘get over it,’ it isn’t something that can be made to happen just because someone says so, or wants it to happen. Frankly, with all the evidence to the contrary, I think the UN is on…

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23 thoughts on “International Day of Happiness

  1. Hazlo Emma March 29, 2020 / 2:59 am

    Clive,
    The initiative by the UN may not be sitting well with the world right now considering the disparities in society. The irony is the pandemic is now shining the spotlight in this widening gap, as if to say, ‘i am always here.’

    With that said, the only way to get through each day is to sprinkle happiness – no – ‘squeeze in’ happiness in whichever way you can for the days are dark, full of really sad news and gloom, the world over!

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  2. Osyth March 20, 2020 / 7:36 pm

    I did trot over and I did enjoy what you write. I had some smiles, I nodded my head and I was in accord with you throughout. And that was my individual choice. I really think that trying to make a particular day ‘Happiness Day’ is utterly futile and highly insulting to those who happen to be the polar opposite on the day in question. Fortunately no-one seems to have cottoned on to its existence and I think it’s better to leave it that way …. It’s good to be back and I’m happy to see you trotting out the good stuff. Sadly I couldn’t see the video so I’ll have to imagine a song you may have chosen xx

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    • Clive March 20, 2020 / 7:43 pm

      Thank you, great to see you back! If you scroll down you’ll see the chat we had when I first posted this, a lifetime ago. It’s now had eight years to catch on and I suspect that even the UN can’t be arsed to promote it now, especially not this year.

      Sorry about the video. That must be a copyright thing, I guess. A little ironic seeing as it’s an American band! I’m sure you know it: the ‘official video’ for Ho Hey, by the Lumineers. Take care and stay well xx

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      • Osyth March 20, 2020 / 7:54 pm

        Now reading that chat has made me happy! And I shall listen to The Lumineers and think of all the good times we have had in this virtual place and all the good times yet to come! Because we shall xx

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      • Clive March 20, 2020 / 8:01 pm

        Funnily enough, it had the same effect on me when I read through all the comments from last time before reposting! I’ve always enjoyed our chats and your wonderful writing, and look forward to much more of both xx

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      • Osyth March 20, 2020 / 8:14 pm

        You are far too kind about my writing but I totally agree about the chats xx

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      • Clive March 20, 2020 / 8:18 pm

        Not in the least! Your posts were always a welcome part of my reading, and hopefully will be again now xx

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      • Osyth March 20, 2020 / 8:25 pm

        So much happy you are sending my way! I’ve just tweaked my landing page and the Who Am I page on my blog in readiness for recommencing posting of half-baked drivel. I intend to write something over the weekend and post it Monday linking to Esme’s Salon. Not a clue what it’ll be but I seldom ever did before. Now that I’ve stayed this on your blog I can’t wriggle out of my commitment. You are, therefore, and worthily, my probation officer in this matter! xx

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      • Clive March 20, 2020 / 8:39 pm

        That’s great! Really looking forward to that. Even if it is only a quarter-baked it will be better than most, trust me! Not seen myself as a Gauleiter before – do I get a uniform? Or a whip? xx

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      • Osyth March 21, 2020 / 4:25 pm

        🤣. It might amuse you that when I worked for Queen my nickname was ‘The stormtrooper in stilettos’ on account my penchant for high-heeled long boots and fitted jackets and reputation (totally unfounded) for wielding a whip when getting things done. They even had a stage pass designed with a caricature of ‘me’ dressed to thrill in something that definitely resembled a Gauleiter’s togs xx

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      • Clive March 21, 2020 / 4:29 pm

        I had no idea that my comment was plunging into the darker recesses of your history! I’m not sure I’ll recover from the images you’ve just implanted into my brain. I think we need to see that stage pass 😉 xx

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      • Osyth March 21, 2020 / 5:12 pm

        I do have one. But it’s in France. Perhaps I will ask the Mayor to unearth it – he has a key to our house. I now have visions of an ‘Allo ‘Allo style plot as the villagers stealthily break out of their quarantine to liberate this oh la la evidence of the sordid past of l’anglaise. 😳 xx

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      • Clive March 21, 2020 / 5:16 pm

        That would be fabulous. If the villagers can’t break their quarantine there’s always Google: I’ve found a couple of possibles! The Flashing Mädchen with the….. 😂 xx

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      • Clive March 21, 2020 / 5:40 pm

        That’s the one I found – looks a lot like I imagine you’d have been in your youth. You really now have to work that into a blog post – could be a grand re-entrance and a way to open up a new (if undesired) audience 😉 xx

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  3. petespringerauthor March 20, 2020 / 4:10 pm

    You make some excellent points, Clive. Kindness, love, happiness, even hate, can’t be forced upon us. It’s either there, or it’s not. By the way, the giant conman is still at it, telling us each day how great he is. His false assertions don’t change anything either.

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    • Clive March 20, 2020 / 4:18 pm

      Thanks, Pete. I actually had another post written for today but this came up in my Timehop feed and seemed still relevant, somehow. I think there’s the beginnings of a good idea underlying the UN’s initiative but it just doesn’t feel right to me. We see every day how Agent Orange continues to debase himself to even lower levels: sadly, the great British public has seen fit to elect his Mini-Me as our ‘leader.’ There seems to be no escape from mass stupidity!

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