Today is International Happiness Day. There are a lot of things going on in the world and in the UK that make me unhappy so I thought I’d take some time to make a note of the things that have made me happy today.
- My husband brought me breakfast in bed this morning. It was eggs and mushrooms on toast with a cup of green tea. It is a habit of ours that I bring him breakfast in bed every Saturday and he returns the favour on Sundays.
- I took my children geocaching today and we actually found three caches! We are relatively new to geocaching and we are not always so successful. Last time we went we didn’t find anything.
- I made rice pudding in the oven with lots of cream and freshly grated nutmeg. It was delicious.
- After the children have gone to bed I will be settling down to watch The Night Manager on BBC1. It is a gripping drama and if you haven’t seen it you really ought to. I’ve been looking forward to it since last Sunday evening.
- There are only four working days next week because Friday is a holiday.
Have a happy International Happiness Day everyone!
International Women’s Day raises awareness of inequalities and oppression of women around the world. Here are some facts that you might not know.
- In Saudi Arabia women are not allowed to drive a car. Women are generally just cautioned if they are caught driving, but some have been sentenced to be lashed.
- In the UK there is still a huge gender pay gap despite the equal pay act of 1970. It has been estimated that women are likely to earn £300,000 less than men over their working lives. Click here to read more about the UK gender pay gap.
- According to the World Health Organisation, in Somalia, about 97 percent of girls undergo female genital mutilation.
- In England and Wales, two women a week are killed by their partners or ex partners. 25% of children in England and Wales have witnessed domestic abuse.
- Fewer than one in ten executive directors at Britain’s top companies are women. However, Britain is ahead of many countries in this respect. Germany, France, Norway and Switzerland have no female CEOs in their top companies. Read more about female boardroom representation here.
- There are nearly 200 countries in the world but only 22 have female heads of state. These include Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago.
Happy International Women’s Day and let’s keep raising awareness.