Smile, it’s International Day of Happiness and the UAE has become the first country to set up a World Happiness Council.
Ambitious as ever, the seven emirates want to become a global destination for happiness and positivity.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai, launched the World Happiness Council on the eve of International Day of Happiness, which has been marked by the United Nations since 2013.
The Council aims to support international goals to standardise happiness as a measure of development, as we are doing in the UAE.
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) March 19, 2017
With this council, the UAE strives to be one of the happiest countries in the world and council members will work towards spreading the importance of being happy and having a happy lifestyle.
How will the Happiness Council work?
Chaired by renowned Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs, the 12 members will get together twice a year and produce an annual happiness report.
There will also be six sub-councils, focused on: Happiness and Health; Happiness and Education; Personal Happiness; Happiness in Work Environment; Happiness Measurement and Happy Cities.
Why do we have a council for happiness?
Government programmes, policies and other legislative work will be designed in a way that can spread positivity through their practices.
Public and private organisations will initiate campaigns and projects to spread happiness across our society.
Need happiness inspiration? Government website www.happy.ae/en/home lists happiness-themed events in Dubai and has a cute gallery of kids’ drawings.