Because I’m happier!
Every morning after peeling back my eyelids, I smile. Why? Because I live in the UAE and that makes me officially happy. It’s sunny every day (I grew up in the UK and, believe me, after decades of drizzle and grey clouds, I crave sunshine); we don’t pay tax; we have fantastic career opportunities here (while the rest of the world is just desperate for work); we are surrounded by five-star luxury and have incredible lifestyle choices; and we can all relax, knowing that our families, and the streets, are safe. Don’t just take my word for it. That’s why the UAE is the 14th happiest country in the world, according to The UN World Happiness Report.
But guess what? In Nielsen’s 2008 survey of happiness, researchers discovered that in 48 out of 51 countries women were happier than men. That’s because we find happiness from relationships with family, friends and co-workers while men’s happiness is directly linked to wealth.
Haven’t they learnt anything from us – after all, if money can’t buy you love then it certainly can’t buy you happiness. Join in the debate – read our fascinating article on page 22 and let me know what makes you happy. Until next week,