Kate-Lynne Wolmarans20 Mar 2017 AT 02:17 PM

Dubai introduces world’s first happiness council

Emirates Airline also got involved in the celebrations this International Happiness Day...
Kate-Lynne Wolmarans20 Mar 2017 AT 02:17 PM
Dubai introduces world’s first happiness council
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To celebrate International Happiness Day – it’s today, March 20, if you didn’t know – the Dubai has introduced the world’s first ever happiness council.

Inaugurated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai earlier today, the council will focus on six key areas; health, education, environment, personal happiness, happy cities and community standards for happiness.

The body headed by Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs will consist of 12 members including Unesco director-general Irina Bukova, former Finnish PM Alexander Stubb and Professor Lord Layard who’s the director of the Wellbeing Programme of the London School of Economic's Centre for Economic Performance.

Speaking on the council, Sheikh Mohammed revealed via twitter that: “The council aims to support international goals to standardise happiness as a measure of development, as we are doing in the UAE."

That’s not all that they’ll be doing, the members will also have to compile annual Global Happiness Reports that highlight international practices and achievements with regards to happiness and happiness research.

Dubai’s new found happiness council isn’t the only initiative making headlines this International Happiness Day – nope, Emirates Airline is too.

The award-winning airline has just that it has offered every single member of their staff a free flight! The seriously generous gift can be used on any Emirates route network and is valid for a year – we’re so happy for them, no really we are.

So, as its World Happiness Day today we’ve gathered a list of five tracks that are guaranteed to lift your spirits and keep you in a good mood…

"Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake

"Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys

"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper

"Hakuna Matata" by Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella and Jason Weaver

And, of course "Happy" by Pharrell Williams