Dean of Department of Psychology, Tsinghua University Peng Kaiping was Invited to Attend the Celebration of International Day of Happiness

Dean of Department of Psychology, Tsinghua University Peng Kaiping was invited to attend the celebration of International Day of Happiness held at the news center of United Nations. He went to New York on March 20, and delivered a keynote speech on the science of happiness at the United Nations Conference Center.

The subject of his speech was “The Science of Happiness and China”, which mainly introduced the research achievements in the science of happiness during the past decade, and the value and significance of the science of happiness in terms of solving human existence problems in the 21st century. He believes that the problem with happiness is not only about the individual emotional experience, but also a challenge to human survival in the 21st century. According to statistics, each year, about one million people commit suicide because of psychological problems, which takes more lives than war, famine, and plague.

On 28 June 2012, the United Nations declared that the International Day of Happiness would be celebrated on the 20th of March each year throughout the world. The pursuit of happiness is the nature of all human activities. Therefore, the United Nations wishes people all around the world can live a happy and fruitful life without fear or short of material goods, and live in harmony with nature.

Professor Peng also introduced the research and practice of the science of happiness in China, the happy city movement around China, and the practice of happiness education.  The contribution of Chinese scholars at the forefront of happiness research in the scientific field has attracted more and more attention. The keynote speakers at the commemoration ceremony also includes Petersen, the Denmark Ambassador to the United Nations on behalf of Europe, González, the El Salvador Ambassador to the United Nations on behalf of America, and Al-Bayati, the Iraq Ambassador to the United Nations on behalf of Asia-Pacific. At the same time, civilian representatives also attended this ceremony including a college student from United States, and a refugee from Rwanda. Professor Peng, as a representative in the field of science and education from Asia-Pacific area, is the first civilian representative from China to deliver a speech at the United Nations Conference.