Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of Happiness, a day set aside by  the United Nations to recognise the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings.

In a statement to ZBC News, the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Cde Prisca Mupfumira said in the Zimbabwean context the day seeks to promote a culture of satisfaction, appreciation and contentment.

“As Zimbabweans we have gone through some challenging phases that we have successfully overcome. Through it all let us introspect deeply and find happiness in the lessons learnt and experience gained,” Minister Mupfumira said.

She added that happiness breeds positivity and the positive mindset in the country has seen Zimbabwe coming up with home grown solutions to various challenges.

“As a Ministry responsible for vulnerable groups, we continue to encourage the spirit of embracing and appreciating each other and finding happiness within ourselves. True happiness starts from within and it gauges how prosperous a nation is. I encourage you all to find happiness wherever you are and contribute towards the development of this our nation,” said Cde Mupfumira.

In some countries structures have been put in place to measure the happiness of members of public.

Dubai has even gone a step further by appointing a Minister of Happiness whose sole mandate is to assess the happiness of the people of Dubai as they believe happiness leads to increased productivity.