Maura Sweeney + UNESCO Ambassador of Happiness + Nelson Mandela Day

UNESCO Center for Peace announces Maura Sweeney as Ambassador of Happiness

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

~ Harriet Tubman

In what may be the shortest blog I’ve ever written, I’m announcing what can only be described as a dream come true. A very happy dream, indeed.

The UNESCO Center of Peace has named me Ambassador of Happiness. The title arrives in anticipation of my speaking at the first annual Nelson Mandela Day celebrated outside our nation’s capitol in Frederick, MD on July 17 – 18, 2015.

For someone who aspired not toward a profession but, rather, a state of being known as happiness, receiving this distinction reads like a dream.  

UNESCO explains the genesis of this internationally recognized date:

“Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on July 18, 2009 via unanimous decision of the United Nations General Assembly.   It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”.   It is more than a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honor his life’s work and to take action to change the world for the better.” 

As a child, I saw the world as a better one. A kinder one. A more embracing one.

Today, some still consider me odd. But I’d rather discover the good in all of us. I prefer promoting ideas that unite rather than divide us and thoughts that uplift rather than depress us. 

The world is yearning for some good news and some hope. 

Odd or not, I’m living my own dream. 

I’m the Ambassador of Happiness.

Wishing that your finest — and loftiest — dreams come true, too!

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Maura Sweeney is a Podcaster, Author and Speaker

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Comments (2)

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      Diana, what a wonderful and inspiring article about Jean Stallings and I can see why you wanted to send it my way. There were two remarks that resonated deeply with me. The first was Jean’s desire to be treated with dignity and the second was her observation that there is prejudice everywhere; it just takes on different forms. Every person wishes to be treated with dignity and the path to seeing ourselves as worthy of dignity sometimes involves overcoming major personal, emotional and other hurdles. And, so true, in different parts of the world there are many ways that prejudice arises. May each of us serve as the embodiment of personal dignity and as personal ambassadors for a better society. Thank you again and continued best wishes to you at and the global work you are accomplishing.

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