Dear Pride Palace community, today is a happy day. The International Day of Happiness, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, is celebrated every year on March 20th. On this day, people all around the world find positive ways to look after themselves and each other. The International Day of Happiness identifies three positive steps that we can all take when facing difficult times: Keep calm, stay wise, and be kind. Practicing these steps can turn a bad day into a good one. Today, make sure to hug your loved ones, make time for yourself, and SMILE!

We know that 2020 and 2021 have been extremely challenging times. We have lost over 2 million people worldwide to this horrific virus. Thankfully, vaccines are being administered and slowly but surely, things are improving. Stay strong, Pride Palace community. We can now see the finish line! Because we love and support all of you, we decided to give you three reasons to smile today:

  1. You are alive!

This may not seem like much, but it is HUGE. So many of us have lost loved ones to COVID-19 and many other health issues, but we are still here. We are still alive and able to make a difference. On this happy day, make sure to take advantage of being alive. Let someone you love know how much they mean to you. Get active and exercise. Learn or try something new. Do unexpected acts of kindness. The possibilities are endless!

      2. You are loved!

This is also very important. Each and every one of us is loved by someone. Whether this be your parents, grandparents, cousins, uncles or aunts, siblings, partner(s), friends, colleagues, etc.; YOU ARE LOVED. Pride Palace also loves and appreciates every single one of you. Take a moment to smile and take in all of this love. Also make sure to spread love not only today, but every day of the year.

      3. You can buy a smiley hoodie at 30% off today!

This one is just a fun plus. Like our smiley hoodie? Then we have some good news. In honor of the International Day of Happiness, our smiley hoodies will be 30% off the entire day! That way, you can always be smiling with some smiley pride merch!  :) 

Take today as a mental health day and prioritize your health and your needs. Remember: You are alive and you are loved. We are all here for a reason. So, remember to take advantage of this, spread love, and smile. In the words of talented Bobby McFerrin, don’t worry, be happy!


Written by Paloma Pinto

David Brothers and Paloma Pinto


Thank you for giving me a reason to smile. Love you PP.

— Joshua