ABU DHABI, 25th May, 2016 (WAM) — The Majlis of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, hosted this evening a lecture, titled, “Why do we need happiness,” delivered by Daniel Gilbert.

Gilbert is the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

The lecture was attended by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness, a number of ministers and senior officials.

Professor Dania Gilbert thanked Sheikh Mohamed for hosting the lecture at his Majlis. He reviewed the lecture’s main topics, including happiness’ relationship with economy, health, security, social connections and the link between the happiness indicators and social issues such as marriage, raising children and divorce during the past two decades.

He lauded the UAE’s pursuit of happiness, making it a tangible reality for both citizens and residents and underlined the government’s decision to establish the world’s first ministerial portfolio for happiness.

Danial Gilbert authored the international bestseller, Stumbling on Happiness, which has been translated into more than 30 languages and won the 2007 Royal Society Prizes for Science Books. He has also written essays for several newspapers and magazines, hosted a short, non-fiction television series on PBS, and given three popular TED talks.