Act Happy Day
the third Monday in March (since 2004)
Dr. Dale Anderson in 2004
When someone is happy they are joyful and content, and today is a day to act as if that is how you feel. This is not done merely to make people believe you are happy but to actually get yourself to feel happier. Act Happy Day was created by Dr. Dale Anderson of St. Paul, Minnesota, who also created National Wellderly Day on the same day in 2004. He created them "in an effort to promote the health benefits of happiness, humor, and laughter."
According to Dr. Anderson, acting happy will have a positive effect on your day. By getting into the act of happiness, eventually the happiness will catch on. Part of the transformation to being happy comes from within. Dr. Anderson recommends starting each day with a fifteen-second belly laugh. The act of laughing releases endorphins which benefit mood. Not only can humor and laughter have a positive effect on a day, they can benefit overall health long term. Acting happy can also help with success with human relationships and work. For example, business people who are upbeat will find success, and those who act happy will have better customer relationships. Even if things don't seem very happy in your life, if you act like you are happy, by smiling and laughing, you are on your way to actually being happy.
How to Observe Act Happy Day
If you follow Dr. Anderson's suggestion, you should start the day with a big belly laugh. Then you should go throughout the day exuding a happy demeanor. The happier you act, the happier you will be. There's a good chance that happiness will rub off on others too! Maybe you could watch one of the funniest films of all time to make your act even easier, and really get the endorphins going! Dr. Anderson has written some books that you could read, such as Never Act Your Age. You could also watch a TED Talk with Dr. Anderson, or book him to speak at an event.