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International Quality of Life Month

Celebrate International Quality of Life Month and make a commitment to improving your life - it's never too late to take control!
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Let's all join together to celebrate International Quality of Life Month on January 1! This month long event was first created in 1994 with the purpose of promoting and encouraging people around the world to take steps towards improving their quality of life. During this month, people are encouraged to focus on what is important to them and make positive changes like getting more exercise, eating healthier, and finding ways to reduce stress. Let's come together this month and work towards creating a better future for ourselves and our families.

History of International Quality of Life Month

International Quality of Life Month Dates

International Quality of Life Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1948</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>WHO Definition of Health</div><div class='timeline-text'>The World Health Organization defines health not merely as the absence of disease but complete physical, mental, and social well-being.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1965</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs</div><div class='timeline-text'>Psychologist Abraham Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs" theory emphasizes fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1976</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>UN International Year of Human Environment</div><div class='timeline-text'>United Nations celebrates "International Year of Human Environment," stressing the importance of maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment for overall well-being.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1986</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>UN Declaration on the Right to Development</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United Nations adopts the Declaration on the Right to Development, associating development with an improved quality of life.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Millennium Development Goals Set</div><div class='timeline-text'>The UN sets the Millennium Development Goals, aiming to greatly improve quality of life worldwide by 2015.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First International Quality of Life Month</div><div class='timeline-text'>International Quality of Life Month is observed for the first time to encourage individuals to achieve personal fulfillment and well-being.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Quality of Life Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make a difference in your community by volunteering.  Whether it is at a soup kitchen, helping out at a local park, or lending a hand at the animal shelter, any time you give your time to help others is an amazing way to celebrate International Quality of Life Month.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Appreciate Nature</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a day or two to appreciate nature and all it has to offer.  Go for a walk in the woods and take in the beauty, find a quiet spot and read a book, or explore the city streets and discover new places.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Practice Gratitude</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to reflect on all the positive elements in your life that you are grateful for.  Make a list of things you are thankful for, talk to someone about what matters most to you, or simply take a few minutes each day to meditate on all the blessings in your life.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Give Back</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Donate items or money to a charity that is close to your heart.  A great way to celebrate International Quality of Life Month is by giving back to others who may be less fortunate than yourself.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Connect with Others</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to connect with your family and friends.  Spend quality time together, share stories, laugh, and make new memories.</p></div></div>

Why International Quality of Life Month is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Recognition of the importance of quality of life</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Quality of Life Month is a time to reflect on our own individual and collective efforts to lead meaningful, purposeful lives. By recognizing this month, we can come together to support each other in promoting healthy daily habits and overall well-being.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Emphasizing self-care</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Quality of Life Month is the perfect excuse to focus on yourself and prioritize your mental and physical health. Whether you choose to give yourself regular breaks from work, get more sleep or simply indulge in some "me" time, it is important to take care of yourself first before attending to other responsibilities.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Appreciation for different cultures</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>During International Quality of Life Month, we are also reminded of the beauty and diversity that exist in so many cultures around the world. From different languages and customs to a variety of cuisines, this month gives us a chance to appreciate cultural differences across different countries - something especially invaluable in our increasingly interconnected world today.</p></div></div>

5 Interesting Facts About Happiness

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Happiness has a Genetic Component</h3><p class='facts-text'>Studies suggest that approximately 50% of our happiness is determined by our genes, while only about 10% is influenced by life circumstances.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Money Can Contribute to Happiness, Up to a Point</h3><p class='facts-text'>Research indicates that money does contribute to happiness, but only up to an annual income of around $75,000 - beyond that, additional money doesn't significantly improve happiness levels.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Happiness Can Boost the Immune System</h3><p class='facts-text'>Scientists have shown that happier individuals may have stronger immune systems, are less likely to get colds and could potentially live longer than those who are continually unhappy.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Exercise Increases Happiness Levels</h3><p class='facts-text'>Physical activity releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in the brain's reward system, making exercise vital for maintaining happiness.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Gratitude Enhances Happiness</h3><p class='facts-text'>Practicing gratitude can increase happiness levels by around 25%. Writing in a gratitude journal, thanking others and consciously counting blessings are ways to practice gratitude.</p></div></div>

International Quality of Life Month FAQs

When is International Quality of Life Month?

International Quality of Life Month is celebrated on January 1st every year. In 2024 International Quality of Life Month will occur on a Monday.

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