So many people are engulfed with sadness daily due to different social, economic and political problems. Yet others still maintain joy amidst these challenges. Today we celebrate the International Day of happiness, a day established by the United Nations as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. Where do you derive your joy from? Your religion, family, loved one, job, home, television or other social activities? How can you put a smile on the face of a sad fellow human being today and every other day. Share your happiness tips with us today.

Today we celebrate the International Day of happiness, a day established by the United Nations as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. Where do you derive your joy from? Your religion, family, loved one, job, home, television or other social activities?

It is no secret that a lot of sadness is derived from a lot of different things, seen and unseen. In 2015 the UN launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet, three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness. When poverty is reduced, the rate of sadness over material things can also be reduced. More so, the likelihood of crime, gender based violence and unstable relationships can also be reduced. While poverty reduction is not the answer to all sadness, it can be a starting point for many people. Of course the lack of happiness cuts across age, class, race, gender and all other classifications.

How can we attempt to be happy? Just three tips

  1. Let go of negativity

There will always be something wrong every single day, the good thing is you do not have to allow yourself to get worked over about it. Try to forgive those who have wronged and seek the forgiveness of those you have wrong, be optimistic about the future, embrace and show gratitude for all you have and more importantly do something that gives you joy and a sense of accomplishment-read, exercise, help someone and stop procrastinating.

2.  Balance out your life

Sometimes our lack of joy comes from the inability to balance out ore lives and being over-committed to work over family. We need to allow ourselves to rest, enjoy time with family, visit an elder member of your family who is likely to dish out pieces of wisdom and interesting stories from their youth. In most African cultures, elders are respected and making them happy brings blessings, spend time with them. Spend time with little children too who are unassuming and full of affection, join a volunteer organisation and join a sport you love. More importantly learn to be kind to your family and you will perform better at work!

3.  Maintain healthy habits

It is no secret that some of our health facilities across the continent continue to let us down. We can avoid a few illnesses that may require us to need the services of a health centre. These involve cutting down on drinking and smoking (or avoiding it totally), drinking a lot of water, exercising, eating fruits and trying to maintain a positive attitude even when everything seems up side down.

Remember we all deserve happiness, we may have so many people snatching our joy away but we can seize it back!