20 March marks the UN International Day of Happiness and this year’s theme is: ‘Be Mindful. Be Grateful. Be Kind

The International Day of Happiness is an annual celebration aimed at helping people around the world to realise the importance of happiness in their lives. It’s a chance for everyone to take steps to make themselves and others happier, to reflect on what makes them happy, and explore new ways to be happy.

The United Nations invites each person of any age, plus every classroom, business and government to join in celebration of the International Day of Happiness.

John Rolfe MBE, Community & Partnerships Manager at the GSA said:

“As we celebrate International Day of Happiness, all of us at the Global School Alliance want to say a huge, and greatly appreciated, thank you to all our inspirational global community of educators. We all share a passion for encouraging and celebrating the inclusive global dimensions of teaching and learning and for developing so much creative and innovative global work in schools…you are central in that great conversation of humankind that we all contribute to each day in bringing the world into schools and enabling the sharing of expertise and exciting discovery…

Globally minded educators are the most important people in the world and, in the wonderful words of Gandhi, we reflect today that happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in complete harmony.”

In celebration of the international day, schools in Bradford, Scotland, Greece and Eygpt connected online to exchange their inspirational messages of happiness with one another.

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