UAE announces govt Happiness Officer training

HE Ohood Al Roumi signs agreements to train first Chief Happiness & Positivity Officers

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UAE announces govt Happiness Officer training The Minister for Happiness has launched the first training program to train government personnel to implement the Happiness initiative.
By  Mark Sutton Published  July 30, 2016

Her Excellency Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, the UAE Minister of State for Happiness, has announced the launch of training and selection of the first group of government Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers.

In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to create happy and positive work environments in all government entities, 60 Emirati candidates have been selected from 200 nominees to participate in the training program.

The program, which will run from September until January next year, will provide a practical, comprehensive, and intense training programme, which is intended to train officers to implement happiness and positivity initiatives.

The new Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers will operate in federal and local government entities, to implement the National Programme for Happiness and Positivity, and coordinate between the internal ‘Happiness Councils’ established within each ministry and government department.

The training program is a global first, and will delivered through agreements with the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California – Berkley, and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre at Oxford University.

Training will include cognitive and practical aspects, and will focus on five pillars of the science of happiness and positivity; mindfulness; leading a happy team; happiness and policies in government work; and measuring happiness.

HE Al Roumi commented that the principles of happiness and positivity are gaining traction around the world as a response to the rapid changes we’re witnessing, and stemming from a new understanding of government work as a means to instil happiness in society.

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