Today is the International Day of Happiness, and what better way to celebrate than with a Les Roches production of Pharrell Williams’ world-famous song?
So far, 674 videos from 87 countries have been created and we’ve just added to the number with We Are Happy From Les Roches.
Les Roches knows what it’s talking about when it says ‘We Are Happy!’ Its students excel at having a good time. Whether it’s creating their own wine club and labels, descending the slopes of Crans Montana in an unconventional fashion, creating a massive human world map with a world-renowned video artist, or setting the Guinness World Record for the most nationalities in a swimming pool, Les Roches students really know how to enjoy themselves.
When President and CEO of Rotana Hotels and Resorts, Omer Kaddouri, was asked in a recent interview to describe his time at Les Roches, he stated: ‘Fun. It’s an amazing place to meet people from all cultures…Not many people who go into higher education can say they also had fun. But we did. We really did.’
But the International Happiness Day is not just about fun. The Day was actually established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. You might think that it’s a bit of an odd theme for a UN day, given that most UN days are connected to issues pertaining to human and political rights, such as water and HIV /AIDS.
Actually, the Resolution text makes it clear that happiness has everything do with human rights. It states:
‘Conscious that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal,[…] Recognizing also the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples, [the UN] decides to proclaim 20 March the International Day of Happiness…’
So, there you have it. Our happiness is connected to the happiness of those who are more vulnerable and marginalized in society.
Happiness is something we need to aspire to as a collective action, and employment creation and sustainable development are at its heart. Les Roches is great at taking these concepts forward and incorporating them into its ‘Way of Life’ without being boring about it, (which would surely reduce the happiness factor.)
- It takes active measures to engage with the local Swiss community through, for example, sourcing local produce.
- It offers a course specialization in Sustainability and Innovation for BBA students who want to gain expertise in the area as it relates to the hospitality industry.
- Recently, students raised funds to support the efforts of alumna Evangeline Hayco (Class of 2011) to provide a new fishing fleet for a community devastated by the 2013 typhoon that hit the Philippines.
- Les Roches is also supporting alumnus Vicente Concha-Max (Class of 2013) as he goes to Tanzania to work for an NGO for 3 months.
Here in Bluche, the sun is shining and Spring is in the air. We are Happy!
Happy International Happiness Day, everyone!