International Day of Happiness is celebrated each year on 20 March as a new paradigm to achieve the United Nations global goals for the happiness, wellbeing and freedom of all life on earth. This article will explore the topic of happiness more generally, while next month I’ll look in more detail at the elements of my “prescription for happiness”.

Just think for a minute. How many people in your network do you know that are really thriving and living lives that are happy, purposeful and fulfilling? If it’s three in 10 or more, then the chances are you’re lucky enough to be in the company of a particularly positive group of people.