Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has announced the release of his new book, titled “Ta’mulat fi Asa’adah Wl Ejabia” (Reflections on Happiness and Positivity).
The Vice President said the book “includes lessons, examples and stories based on a different life philosophy: Positivity as a perspective, and happiness of people as a goal and a lifestyle”.
Book excerpts: Reflections on Happiness and Positivity
Why focus on happiness?
It’s a widely circulated questions in the recent years. Why happiness? Why has happiness become a part of the government’s and [Shaikh] Mohammad Bin Rashid’s discourse and part of the UAE national agenda? I used to ask myself simple but profound questions: what is my real role as a leader? What is my job? Do I run a government? What is the real role of the government? Is it just issuing and executing laws and policies or maintaining rights and achievements? Indeed, our role will be more profound, influential and inspirational when we seek to ensure the happiness of people. We are not perfect nor are dreamers and we are not strangers from happiness. Since the dawn of the history, everyone is seeking happiness and 2,400 years back, Aristotle said that the end goal of politics was to achieve happiness and that a government is like a living being – it evolves and always seeks to achieve moral perfection and happiness.
When I assumed office [as the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai] in 2006, I received a lot of congratulations and advice but also warnings from some friends. I received phone calls from experts who wished me success but said hesitantly they did not expect too much. But look at today: we built a ministerial work team, developed plans, strategies, launched the UAE 2021 vision, got rid of public debts, trained thousands of employees, launched awards, developed services and amended laws. Our ambitions reached Mars and the UAE people are now among the world’s happiest .