What you need to know about International Day of Happiness

March 20th is the International Day of Happiness. ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images

Happy International Day of Happiness!

Here’s what you need to know about this merriest of days.

What is it?

The United Nations created this day three years ago, to promote one of the organization’s fundamental human goals of happiness.

How is it being celebrated?

This year, music is playing a big part in the celebrations. The UN is using the hashtag #HappySoundsLike to spread people’s happy songs.

The UN created the world’s happiest playlist by enlisting the help of some famous musicians, including Pharrell Williams, whose beloved song ‘Happy’ could not be more fitting for the occasion. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shared his song choice, and it’s a classic: ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ by Stevie Wonder.

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How happy are we?

According to the UN 2013 World Happiness Report, Canada is the world’s sixth happiest country. Topping the list is Denmark, followed by Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

On the opposite side, coming in last is Togo, then Benin and Central African Republic. The U.S. came in at number 17, right below Mexico, which came in at number 16.

The report showed that the biggest source of worldwide unhappiness is mental illness. The report ranked happiness on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being most happy. Denmark scored at 7.693, while Togo scored 2.936.


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Denmark is the happiest country in the world according to the UN's 2013 Happiness Report. (Nikolai Linares/AFP/Getty Images)
Coming in at number 2 is Norway. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Switzerland is third on the list. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
In fourth place is the Netherlands. (ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
The number five spot goes to Sweden. (TOBIAS ROSTLUND/AFP/Getty Images)
Home sweet home! Canada nabs the sixth spot on the list. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Finland comes in at number 7, making all three countries on the Scandinavian peninsula represented on the top ten list. (PEKKA SAKKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The U.N. ranked Austria as the eighth happiest country worldwide. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Iceland is ranked number 9. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Finishing off the list at number 10 is Australia. (Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)