Not feeling happy? There’s a government agency to fix that — if you’re in the United Arab Emirates.
The country ranked 20th on the world happiness scale last year aims to move up the list, and has created a “Ministry of Happiness” to promote social good that will spawn more smiles.
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If you’re upset about all the happy people, the new “Ministry of Tolerance” may want to have a word with you.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and the country’s prime minister, announced both new ministries via Twitter.
“It is the beginning of a new journey of achievement and giving to the people, and we ask God to help us serve and take care of them,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted in Arabic.
A new post, Minister of State for Happiness, will align and drive government policy to create social good and satisfaction.#WorldGovSummit— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 8, 2016
The post of Minister of State for Tolerance has been created to promote tolerance as a fundamental value in UAE society#WorldGovSummit— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 8, 2016
Ohoud al-Roumi, who currently directs the council of ministers’ office, was named Minister of Happiness and Lubna al-Qassimi, formerly Minister of International Cooperation and Development, is the new Minister of Tolerance.
The two are among eight women ministers in UAE’s new 29-member cabinet.
The UAE ranked first among Arab states and 20th worldwide on the 2015 World Happiness Report. Switzerland came in first, the U.S. ranked 15th.
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