Now I seem to have almost missed this but today is World Peace Day. What with all the ceasefires being declared and peace treaties being signed, the universal dancing in the streets and all those swords being beaten into ploughshares it’s amazing but I really didn’t notice the significance of the date.
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.
So it is opportune that the Dalai Lama has given his blessing to a new course of evening classes, available across the UK, promising to make participants happier… and the world a better place.
The eight-week course, designed by the Action for Happiness organisation, claims to be scientifically proven to increase life satisfaction, mental well being, compassion and social trust.
Entitled Exploring What Matters, the classes will be free – although organisers do ask for a donation to cover costs. Hundreds of people have already volunteered to host the course in locations across the UK.
Launching the course today, on World Peace Day, the Dalai Lama said he was delighted to see the “work being done to create a happier and more caring society”.
“I wholeheartedly support the Exploring What Matters course and hope that many thousands of people will benefit from it and be inspired to take their own action to help create a happier world,” he said.
During the course, local groups explore a series of questions including “What really matters in life?”, “What really makes us happy?” and “How can we create a happier world?”.