Celebrate Happiness But Remember Seafarers

Today is the International Day of Happiness and this year’s theme is Happier Together, focusing on what people have in common, rather than what divides us. Everyone wants to be happy – and life is happier when we’re together. So let’s celebrate our common humanity.

This special day dedicated to happiness is celebrated worldwide every March 20, to inspire, mobilise, and advance the global happiness movement. The idea and concept was of creating a new global day of awareness, and there is a global coalition of all United Nations member states, backing the observance. Indeed there is even a UN happiness resolution (66/281).

The dates March 20 was chosen for its significance as the March equinox, a universal phenomenon felt simultaneously by all of humankind, and which occurs the moment when the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the centre of the Sun’s disc.

See https://www.dayofhappiness.net/#join for more details.

For seafarers such days are bittersweet – and we need to remember the challenges to happiness which exist at sea.

Across the Seafarers Happiness Index we hear from those at sea and understand the small changes which could make a real difference to their lives at sea. Companies who invest in people and the community onboard have happier seafarers. Crews on ships with good quality, value driven connectivity are happier. Those working on ships with good food, opportunities to rest and interact, to get ashore and live well together, they are happier.



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