GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >> LifeStyle

 
  Share

Chair of World Happiness Council leads discussion on findings from first-ever Global Happiness Policy Report 

Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2018 –   Professor Jeffrey Sachs, renowned economist and Chair of the World Happiness Council, led a plenary session to discuss the findings of the first Global Happiness Policy Report on the opening day of the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018) in Dubai. 
In the session titled ‘Insights and Reflections from the Global Happiness Policy Report', industry experts highlighted key takeaways from the report, unanimously agreeing that governments need to prioritize the wellbeing of their citizens. 

Fellow World Happiness Council members, economist Richard Layard and psychologist Martin Seligman, joined Professor Sachs in the discussion along with economist Jan-Emmanuel De Neve.

Initiating the dialogue, Professor Sachs said: “If you teach happiness and propound altruistic philosophy, you are actually happier. This report is a compendium of important case studies on the application of the science of happiness, and will help governments understand, measure and monitor happiness around the world. Only 22 of the 193 governments present at the United Nations currently have happiness policies in place. Our mission is to spread this information in the world community.” 

For his part, Richard Layard observed that tackling mental illness and the stigma that surrounds it remains a challenge today. He said: “Even in developed nations, only a quarter of people with mental illnesses and similar conditions get treated. This would cause an outrage if these numbers reflected treatment for physical disabilities.”

Expressing his belief that studies such as the Global Happiness Policy Report are making it easier to evaluate policy based on wellbeing, he added: “In the past, policy makers have said that they do not have enough information to enact proper change and tackle mental illnesses and other negative emotions. This challenge has now been addressed by this report, which provides comprehensive data on happiness and its quantitative, measurable benefits.”

Turning the focus on the mental well-being of children and young adults, Martin Seligman noted that learning to be happy starts in school. He said: “Everyone wants to make children happy. It turns out there are validated techniques that enhance positive emotions, a quality that is intrinsically valuable in itself, and that can increase a student's literacy, numeracy and scientific understanding.”

Shedding light on the importance of work for our well-being, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve added: “Work provides a purpose, establishes social relationships, structure and routine in our daily lives. There are four ways in which you can increase your job satisfaction and engagement: by improving work-life balance, by getting essential skills training, by gaining autonomy and, most importantly, by improving the relationship with your superiors.” 

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the formation of the 14-member World Happiness Council in March 2017. As a result of the Council's effort to help governments adopt happiness in their policies and programs, and assemble global evidence about which policies are likely to be most effective in improving lives, the Global Happiness Policy Report provides global best practices and an inventory of more than 150 inspirational ideas and experience of happiness and wellbeing from around the world.  

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the World Government Summit 2018 runs from February 11 to 13 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. The landmark event convenes more than 4,000 participants from 140 countries, including heads of state and governments, as well as top-tier representatives of 16 international organizations. 

Hosting more than 130 speakers across 120 interactive sessions, WGS 2018 features six distinct forums that examine the challenges of vital sectors for the future with a view to finding the best resolutions for the greater global good. Furthermore, over 20 specialized global reports spanning key sectors and topics of the summit are being launched during the event.

 



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 10144 times
Posted on : Monday, February 12, 2018  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : Inspired by Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030: Nader Sabry
Next Story : Travelling with kids in the car? Here's a survival guide
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Australia's Number No.1 Natural Skincare Brand* Partners With Jessica Kahawaty
Matthew Fitzpatrick Wins the 2018 Omega European Masters
Introducing New Make-up From Rodial That You Need In Your Kit
Rado reimagines a bold 1960s classic for the 21st Century
Scuderia Ferrari presents Fall winter collection
NARS Erdem SS19 Beauty Report
Introducing VK Beauty Lounge & Bar
Alina Anwar Couture Launches in UAE
Introducing Home Fragrance at Robinsons, Dubai Festival City
Diana Arno Expands Online Shopping to Middle East
Defying Age With Skin Republic's Gold and Platinum Face Masks
British Classics Make a Comeback in Jack Wills AW18 Collections
The Future Is Here
Roberto Cavalli's Exclusive Duo of Fragrances
Bring a Touch of Sophistication to Your Home with The Exclusive SmegXDolce&Gabba...
Lacoste.12.12 Collection
Trevor Sorbie Range Relaunches in the UAE
Carl F. Bucherer Celebrates Debut of Its Online Boutique on Jd.Com Launch of Lim...
GROHE Smart Home: The App-Controlled Water Security System
Honda voted “Preferred Sedan Car Brand of the Year” for the fourth year in a row
FOREO To Attend TFWA: the World's Largest Travel Retail Show
William Collection by Hugo Boss
Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre's Restaurant Promotions- October
Al-Futtaim Toyota swoops another win at the Filipino Times Awards
PAN Emirates bedroom festival with discount up to 70%
Al-Futtaim ACE launches its stylish new Outdoor collection
Mousses Etoiles to reveal the latest luxury designs of commercial-use outdoor fu...
Dubai Design Week continues to grow, cementing Dubai as the design capital of t...
Tips & Toes Hits the Big 3-5!
Harmony and Sustainability Define Ideal Standard's ‘Esedra' Ceramic Bathroom Col...
Tata Communications launches a specialised cyber security lab at Shanmugha Arts,...
Pamper yourself at Perfumery & Co this month, at The Dubai Mall
Consonni Wraps Up La Vuelta a Espana With a Seventh Place Finish for UAE Team Em...
Akamai Unveils Solutions at IBC 2018 Designed to Mitigate the Challenges and Cos...
Abu Dhabi wins bid to host 2022 ITU Grand Final in world first
du Opens New Business Centre in DIFC for Enterprise Customers
Cheyenne Woods: Stepping out of Tiger's shadow
Sharjah's Recognition as ‘Accessible City for Physically Disabled' Hailed as His...
Etihad Cargo Increases Focus on Cold Chain Industry with ‘Freshfoward' Product
Cadillac XT4 Delivers Dynamic Driving Experience
International School of Creative Science Muwaileh celebrates outstanding student...
Volunteers from the UAE join hands with the community in Tasset Peulh village in...
New Homologations for Pirelli Tyres
The Dubai Business Women Council meets with the UN Assistant Secretary-General t...
Debut Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Calendar Announced
UOWD launches Ministry-accredited Foundation Studies Program to guide senior sch...
World's first cyborg on artificial senses
O Boticário Opens in Dubai its First Amphora Store outside Brazil Come Join...
Registration for the 5th edition of Camel Trek is now open
Masdar, ADFD and PUC partner to build solar power plant with battery storage in ...