5 Ways to Spark Joy on International Day of Happiness

March 20th marks this year’s International Day of Happiness which we think is more important now than ever! So whether you bring happiness to your day or to someone else’s, make sure to start the season with a Spring in your step by checking out our roundup of activities to spark joy.

Spring Listening

Make some time for yourself by enjoying our Springtime playlist. From the soothing voice of Tom Misch to the dance-inducing melodies of Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder, it’s no wonder they say that music warms the soul. Listen to our playlist here, or for an even more soothing soundtrack to your day try a motivational or mindful podcast like Fearne Cotton’s ‘Happy Place’ as she seeks the meaning of happiness.

image of Max Halley and Ben Benton's book 'Max's Picnic Book' against a grass background.

A Picnic In the Sun

Boost your serotonin by enjoying a relaxed (and socially distanced, of course) picnic in the park with your favourite sidekick or partner. Pack a hamper full of tasty home-made treats (try @lunchluncheon's newest book for some inspo), wear your best cottage-core-inspired outfits and get ready to soak up some Spring sunshine in the great outdoors.

Floral Appreciation

As buds begin to blossom and Spring blooms begin to emerge, it’s the perfect time of year to appreciate nature in all of its awe-inspiring beauty. Take a wander around some of your local parks and gardens, like this stunning sight in Kew Gardens, or enjoy a cycle along some of the UK’s prettiest coastlines to witness the blossom in all its glory.

Mindful Moment

Take some time out from your day to focus on yourself and set some good intentions for the week ahead. There’s no-one better to guide you along this journey than resident #EBGirl Misha Patel whose classes focus on love, community, and acceptance. So release your mind from any anxiety or stress and ground yourself in a truly positive mindset.

image of cherry blossom trees at Kew Gardens.

Happiness Multiplied

Nothing spreads more joy than passing on a dose of happiness to someone else. Whether you simply send a message of love to someone dear to you, or surprise a stranger with a Random Act of Kindness, don’t forget that you’re always just one easy step away from creating a chain of happiness.

We hope you’ve loved hearing our suggestions for International Day of Happiness. How do you spread joy?