If you live in Sky Gardens, Index Tower or Burj Damam, your world just got a little more cheerful…

Smile, today is International Happiness Day! And in celebration of the cheery occassion, Al Sa’ada Street in DIFC has now been renamed Happiness Street.

While it had been colloquially referred to as Happiness Street for a while, it looks like the signs have just changed. Here’s the street:

happiness street #mydubai #difc

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In other news, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, is now set to make his pursuit of happiness global.

How? Well, yesterday he launched the World Happiness Council – the group “aims to support international goals to standardise happiness as a measure of development, as we are doing in the UAE”, Sheikh Mohammed explained on Twitter.

The council will focus on six main sectors:

It will be chaired by renowned Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs, and another member is former Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb.

First and foremost the council will be a think tank to dream up how governments can effectively and efficiently incorporate happiness as a standard for strategic planning.

“The UAE, under the leadership of President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, believes that the major responsibility of governments is to bring happiness to their people by enabling them to choose the tools and means and providing their nations with hope,” explained Sheikh Mohammed.

The council will get together twice a year, and produce an annual happiness report. We’ll keep you posted on its progress and findings.

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