In a first, Abu Dhabi University has introduced a course entirely on happiness and positive psychology taught across its campuses in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
Happiness will be part of its public health program.
Students opting for a course in public health will be going through a module on happiness and positive psychology, titled ‘Introduction to Happiness and Positive Psychology’. The program also deals with modules to do with safety, health regulation, population health and health management.
ADU has launched a Happiness course as part of the core requirements of its Public Health program. The Happiness and Positive Psychology course directly supports the UAE’s vision to become the world’s happiest country.#myadupic.twitter.com/IrOFVoIf2k
By 2021, the UAE government aims to make the country part of the top five happiest countries in the world by improving its happiness index, which is determined by “an individual’s assessment of his standards of living and satisfaction”, according to the UAE Portal. The country also initiated the Ministry of State for Happiness in 2016 with six objectives aiming to make UAE a happy society.
World Happiness Report ranked UAE at 21st globally
Recently, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s World happiness Report had released statistics and rankings of the world’s happiest countries and UAE stands at 21st, up from seven spots than 28th in 2016. The ranking also promotes UAE as the happiest country in the Arab World, followed by Qatar ranked at 32nd and Saudi Arabia ranked at 33rd. The happiest country is Finland.