BLOG: International Day of Happiness


From all here at the Bendigo Addy, it's time to sign off. 

We're finalising your Friday paper and wrapping up after another big day of Bendigo and national and world news. 

For fans of the Despicable Me movies, here's a little something you might recognise. 

Goodnight, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite - and a very happy International Day of Happiness to all.


Here are a couple of "dad jokes" to share while you're watching the telly or spending time with your family or friends tonight. 

- What's ET short for? Because he's only got little legs.

- My cat was just sick on the carpet, I don't think it's feline well.

- I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

- A termite walks into a bar and asks "Is the bar tender here?"

- I gave all my dead batteries away today... Free of charge.

We love hearing stories about people who have managed to grow strange-looking fruit and vegetables. How does it happen? 

This carrot, below, is sure to put a smile on your dial.


As the night is rolling on, let's kick back with a tune - Don't Worry, Be Happy! 


Let's continue with our cute and funny animal theme - here's a video of animals on trampolines to the tune Jump Around, by House of Pain.


We have complied a gallery of photos from Bendigo Advertiser readers supplied through the App Assignments. 

Check it out here: 

GALLERY: It's a pets life


The Bendigo Advertiser took to Rosalind Park to find out what makes people happy.

Find out in this video. 




Flick through this gallery of baby polar bears, they are sure to lift your mood! 

PHOTOS: Cute alert - baby polar bears


Addy sports reporter Kristen Alebakis tweeted about what makes her happy. 

We loved the shopping reference.


How about this for a smile? 

Four-year-old Declan Downing definitely knows how to smile! 



There is still time to get your photos in!

Send them to or use the hashtag #bgohappy on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. 


Bendigo Advertiser staff cracked a smile for the UN National Day of Happiness. 


Emma Sartori believes friends are the key to happiness. 


It's the simple things in life that make us laugh, well at least that is what the below video proves! 

Watch this hysterical video of a baby laughing as he watches the ripping of paper. 


What do you think of this quote by Aristotle? 

Got a better one? Email it to

Happiness depends upon ourselves. - Aristotle


Two photos to lift your mood INSTANTLY. 

Flexible bear.

Flexible bear.

Surfing dogs.

Surfing dogs.


Here is some inspiration to be a happier person thanks to Buzz Feed. 

14 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be A Happier Person


THANKS for the video Josh - we love it! 


THANKS for this tweet Joshua Hooper! 

Happy International Day of Happiness to you! 


Nathan 'Doley' Dole with his beloved Essendon mug.

Nathan 'Doley' Dole with his beloved Essendon mug.

Bendigo Advertiser sports reporter Nathan Dole is hoping his beloved Essendon Bombers can make him happy with a win tomorrow night. 

Does a win by your sporting team make you happy? 

Let us know by emailing


Chantella Perera thinks Mr Happy is an appropriate mascot for today! 

Thanks for the tweet Chantella! 


WHAT better way to put a smile on your dial then to flick through photos of dogs by Bendigo Advertiser photographer Brendan McCarthy last year. 

GALLERY: Dogs of 2013



GUESS who is the ambassador for National Day of Happiness?

Yes, you guessed it - Pharrell Williams! 

Williams has partnered with the United Nations after the success of his global hit Happy. 

You Tube - Official Video


HAPPINESS-related news: 

NEWS: BENDIGO Laughter Club leader Christine Curnow believes laughter is the key to happiness.

Bendigo pre-preschoolers Chelsea Doolan, 4, Mietta Robertson, 4, Charlie Black, 4, Cooper Shevlin, 4, share a laugh. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Bendigo pre-preschoolers Chelsea Doolan, 4, Mietta Robertson, 4, Charlie Black, 4, Cooper Shevlin, 4, share a laugh. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Can't get yourself in a happy mood today?

Fear not - the Bendigo Advertiser has complied a list of 10 ways to feel happy. 

NEWS: 10 things to put a smile on your dial

Are there any we have left out?

If so, email them to and we will add them to the list.


WE HAVE SOME TWEETS IN - unfortunately they are by us. 

Tweet, Instagram, Facebook your photos/videos using the hashtag #bgohappy or email them to



Here's a quick dose of happiness right before the working day starts for some of us...


PEOPLE around the world are celebrating the UN International Day of Happiness today. 

The global campaign was started by the United Nations after the general assembly recognised happiness as a fundamental human right. 

The day was celebrated for the first time in 2013. 

The Bendigo Advertiser is celebrating all things happy on this blog throughout the day and is after your input. 

Take a photo of something, someone or somewhere that makes you happy and send it to or use the hashtag #bgohappy when using Twitter or Instagram. 

To get in the mood we thought we'd post this video of dairy cows released into the pastures after a long winter. 


Video: thewatchvideos63

Or perhaps you are more of a dog-underwater-photo type person. 

If so you will LOVE these photos. 

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