Take a two-minute time-out & get happy today - the International Day of Happiness!


Queenslanders are being urged to take a two-minute time-out today to mark the International Day of Happiness!

The annual global initiative has been celebrated by the United Nations since its launch in 2013. This year’s theme is #TENBILLIONHAPPY: Happiness Day. Every Day. For All of Humanity, by 2050.

Lifecoach and author Sally Thibault said a two-minute time-out to focus on happiness was a great way to mark the day - and a great habit to incorporate for everyday wellbeing.

“The International Day of Happiness is a yearly celebration of happiness as a fundamental human right and goal for all of humanity,” Ms Thibault said.

“The initiative encourages communities around the world to ensure happiness for everyone - to do what makes you happy, and to spread happiness.

“What a beautiful notion encouraged by the UN - to fill our world with happiness!

“Two minutes is all it takes to boost your happiness levels, and the happiness levels of people around you.

“Passing on a smile, sharing an experience, helping someone in need, meditating and thinking positively, or spending time with friends and family are all two-minute time-outs we can invest in today.

“The International Day of Happiness promotes a theme that should be carried into our everyday lives - we should focus on what makes us happy, and making our communities happier, every day.

“I encourage Queenslanders to take a two-minute time-out today to get happy. Spend two minutes considering and writing down three things you’re grateful for.

“You could also invest two minutes writing an email to someone to thank them, or putting in an overdue phone call to encourage a friend or family member.

“Take two minutes to relax and be mindful, set aside two minutes of pure alone time, a two-minute time-out to dance to your favourite song - whatever gets the happiness flowing!

“Investing in your personal wellbeing everyday is crucial. Identify the things that make you feel peaceful and happy, and share them with the people around you.

“By taking two minutes to focus on happiness, we make our communities and our world a better place to be.”

More information about the International Day of Happiness is available at happinessday.org.

More information about Sally Thibault is available at sallythibault.com.au.


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