Feature photo credit: Flight Centre’s Ashley Hamer-Jackson.
We’re international. We’re happy. And we’re celebrating International Day of Happiness today! Check out these smile-inducing photos by our fun-loving Flighties and influential Instagram-mers. Be warned: happiness and wanderlust are contagious!
Jaimie Rogers says of her photo, “On my travels through Nepal every child I met was genuinely happy and loving life…not rich with “things” but instead rich with family and love.”
March 20th is recognized by the United Nations as the International Day of Happiness. Very timely, as it’s also the first day of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, definitely happy news for the winter-weary!
But as you can see from beaming Becky Bee, winter isn’t always so bad. Enjoying ice fishing in Lake Simcoe, Ontario.
And over on the West Coast, Anna Crosby seemed pretty happy about a snow dump, in Victoria, BC.
Since its inception in 2013, the International Day of Happiness is marked each year, with the UN’s World Happiness Report, a ranking of the world’s happiest countries.
Which contented country tops this year’s list? Norway! After sitting at fourth place the past two years, 2017 is the year this Nordic nation shines. In fact, five out of the ten top countries worldwide happiness index are Scandinavian: 1) Norway, 2) Denmark, 3) Iceland, 5) Finland and 9) Sweden (tied with Australia.)
Here is Fjaðrárgljúfur, what Jaimie calls “an absolutely magical” canyon, in the southeast of Iceland. Seems it’s not only Icelanders, but visitors there, that know what happiness is!
Many of us from Canada, which by the way ranks number 7 on the report, simply head south of the border for a dose of mood-boosting Vitamin D,
Or in this case, a boost of adrenaline too, at the edge of Horseshoe Bend, Arizona.
Here’s another angle (and another happy Flightie, Patrycja Podgorski!) from this spectacular sight.
For those whose spirits are lifted less by Mother Nature and more like an artistic muse, one can’t go wrong with a visit to the Louvre in Paris, France:
If Ashley isn’t the embodiment of happiness (and her own work of art here, outside the world’s most famous gallery) we don’t know who is!
Ok, so maybe Kirstyn Thomas also knows “the point” of having fun while visiting Paris:
On that playful note, sometimes happiness comes in the form of good ol’ fashioned monkeying around:
Like Sarah Dayman, reaching her happiness “summit”climbing Mt. Batur, in Bali, Indonesia.
Even at lower altitudes, and with human company this time, Sara is all smiles in Bali.
As was her accidental tour guide, who lead her out of the rice fields she and her crew got lost in!
But it’s a fun reminder that sometimes the best times can be had unplanned and unexpectedly.
Happy International Day of Happiness, everyone!
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