‘My glass is half full’

Min­is­ter’s plan to make us smile

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Ma­hak Man­nan @Ma­hakLFC ma­hak@7days.ae

The UAE’s Min­is­ter for Hap­pi­ness has said she al­ways chooses to “see the glass half full” and wants the rest of us to share her sen­ti­ments.

In an in­ter­view with CNN, Ohood Al Roumi said that keep­ing peo­ple happy ben­e­fits the growth of a coun­try.

“Hap­pi­ness is a se­ri­ous job for any govern­ment, and for us in the UAE, hap­pi­ness is very im­por­tant,” said Al Roumi.

“What we are try­ing to achieve here is to cre­ate a real change, to cre­ate an au­then­tic hap­pi­ness for ev­ery­one in the so­ci­ety.”

Ex­plain­ing how mea­sur­ing hap­pi­ness works for the govern­ment she said: “In 2011 the UN en­cour­aged mem­bers to look at hap­pi­ness as a holis­tic ap­proach for de­vel­op­ment and en­cour­aged them to look be­yond mea­sure­ments of the GDP de­vel­op­ment for wel­fare and pros­per­ity.

“The role of our govern­ment is to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple can flour­ish, reach their po­ten­tial and choose to be happy.

“Hap­pi­ness is an in­ter­nal choice, there­fore cre­at­ing knowl­edge is very im­por­tant to help peo­ple make in­formed de­ci­sions in their life,” she added.

Al Roumi said that the UAE govern­ment is work­ing on spe­cific pil­lars to en­sure the hap­pi­ness of its peo­ple.

“We are work­ing on a happy govern­ment through our poli­cies, pro­gramme, ser­vices and work en­vi­ron­ment.

“We can mea­sure the hap­pi­ness of cus­tomers, not just sat­is­fac­tion.

“On an in­ter­na­tional level, there should be ef­forts from gov­ern­ments to de­velop in­sight­ful mea­sure­ments of hap­pi­ness that will help of­fi­cials and lead­ers to make in­formed de­ci­sions to make their peo­ple happy,” she added.

HAPPY: Ohood Al Roumi

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