Be­cause I’m hap­pier!

Friday - - News - Karen Pasquali Jones Edi­tor kpasqual­i­

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,

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