Minister of State for Happiness

Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing (Arabic: وزير الدولة للسعادة وجودة الحياة‎) is a Minister of State in the United Arab Emirates Cabinet, which oversees the UAE plans, programs and policies to achieve a happier society.[1] The responsibility of this office is to "align and drive government policy to create social good and satisfaction."[2]

MinistersEdit

On 10 February 2016, UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced, through his Twitter account, the appointment of Her Excellency Ohoud Al Roumi[3] - whose full name is Ohood bint Khalifa Al Roumi - as the country's first Minister of State for Happiness.[3] The announcement was made during Dubai's annual World Government Summit.[4][5]

Programs and InitiativesEdit

In its first year (2016), as part of the overall National Happiness and Positivity Program, the Minister of State for Happiness launched a number of programs and initiatives. Some of these are:

  • Chief Happiness and Positivity Officer Program (private sector)[6]
  • Chief Happiness and Positivity Officer Program (government)[7]
  • Happy and Positive Offices[8]
  • Customer Happiness Formula[9][10]
  • Happiness and Positivity Councils[11]
  • Happiness and Positivity Hours (federal government)[12]
  • Happiness and Positivity Heroes Medal[13]
  • Customer Happiness Employees[14]
  • Customer Happiness Centres[15]
  • UAE Declaration of Happiness and Positivity[16]

Chief Happiness and Positivity Officer ProgramEdit

In July 2016, the Minister of State for Happiness publicly announced the selection of 60 individuals, representing federal and local government entities, as the original cohort of the Chief Happiness and Positivity Program.[17][18][19]

To learn the knowledge and develop the skills necessary to realize the objectives of the Chief Happiness and Positivity Officer Program, the selected candidates attend the Greater Good Science Center of the University of California, Berkeley and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre[20] of the University of Oxford, two of several international partners enlisted by the UAE government to ensure the success of its Program.[18]

The Program consists of five pillars: the science of happiness and positivity, mindfulness, leading a happy team, happiness and policies in government work, and measuring happiness.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ UAE to create 'minister for happiness' post ,aljazeera web site, enter in February 9, 2016
  2. ^ "'Happiness is a serious job': UAE's Minister of Happiness embraces new role". The National - UAE Edition. 20 March 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  3. ^ "New UAE Cabinet, as announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid". The National - UAE Edition. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  4. ^ "'Happiness is a serious job': UAE's Minister of Happiness embraces new role". The National - UAE Edition. 20 March 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  5. ^ "World Government Summit". World Government Summit. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Chief Happiness and Positivity Officer Program". Happy UAE. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Chief Happiness and Positivity Officer Program". Happy UAE. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Happy and Positive Offices". Happy UAE. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Customer Happiness Formula". Happy UAE. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  10. ^ "UAE Unveils Formula for Happiness". Emirates 24/7. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Happiness and Positivity Councils". Happy UAE. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Happiness and Positivity Hours". Happy UAE. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Happiness and Positivity Heroes Medal". Happy UAE. Retrieved 8 Jul 2017.
  14. ^ "Customer Service Employees". Happy UAE. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Customer Happiness Centres". Happy UAE. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  16. ^ "UAE Declaration of Happiness and Positivity". Happy UAE. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Happy task for 60 Emiratis appointed pioneers of positive thinking in government". The National. 30 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  18. ^ a b c "UAE Selects 60 Chief Happiness Officers". Emirates 24/7. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Chief Happiness Officers appointed by UAE to train in 'science of happiness'". International Business Times. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  20. ^ "About - Oxford Mindfulness Centre". Oxford Mindfulness Centre. Retrieved 8 July 2017.