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Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Ali Baba, Others Inducted As Happiness Ambassadors

L-R: Mr Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome; Dr Tolu Ajomale representing the Commissioner for Health Prof.Akin Abayomi; Dr Pat Utomi, Mr Akshay Jain; Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Mrs Oyindamola Ogunsanwo representing the wife of the Lagos state Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-olu, and Joseph Edgar shortly after the appointment of the four Happiness Ambassadors by 'The Happiness Center' at this year's International Day of Happiness held in Lagos on Sunday.
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March 22, (THEWILL) – ‘The Happiness Centre’, an arm of the International Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Art of Living Foundation, has inducted its first ever Nigerian Happiness Ambassadors, as part of its activities to commemorate the International Day of Happiness.

The newly inducted Happiness Ambassadors include: Her Excellency, Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Dr Ibijoke Sanwoolu; Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, Honourable Akin Abayomi; ace comedian, Mr Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome, popularly known as Ali Baba and Mr Joseph Edgar, an author.

According to the Centre, the Ambassadors were chosen, following their remarkable impacts in their chosen career, and how their efforts have contributed to the happiness and well-being of the people.

The event which took place at the Lagos head office of the organisation on March 20th, 2022, also presented an opportunity for the Centre to showcase their health packages to the public.

Speaking at the event, the Managing Director of the Center, Akshay Jain said “We are well aware of the challenges associated with living and doing business in a metropolitan city like Lagos. It comes with health challenges that creep into our lives and reduce our productivity.”

According to the MD, People often get burnt out as a result of not being happy with many issues about their lives, some within and some beyond their control.

He stated that “We have set up this centre to offer a wide range of services to enable people to achieve the single most important thing the humans should strive for which is happiness. We are all in pursuit of happiness. We sleep and wake up hoping that each new day is better than the one before it. When this happens, we are happy and when the reverse is the case there is unhappiness. Stress affects the state of mind because when you are angry, you breathe faster, and when you are happy, you breathe gently. Anger is stress brought about by what happened in the past.”

“While fear is stress brought about by what will happen in the future, we believe that life should be lived as an expression of happiness, hence we try to offer solutions to stress. Through the breathing and meditation exercise, the mind is relaxed.”

“We at the Happiness Centre have decided to select some high profile individuals as ‘Happiness Ambassadors’, because of the smiles they have brought in through the impacts they have recorded in their respective fields. They will be the frontline of happiness and represent our brand on days like this when we have to commemorate the International Happiness Day”, he added.

Corroborating his point, the General Manager of ‘The Happiness Centre’, Francisca Ukabiala, reiterated that, “the Happiness Centre is timely in, and for a city like Lagos. We have probably all heard the recent comments by the Governor of Lagos State on the special ticket that people who have lived in Lagos deserve to get to heaven having already lived in what in his opinion is a hellish city.”

“We are saying that happiness is all around, it is in the energy that keeps the city moving and most importantly it is in the haven that we have created to ensure that people have greater bouts of positive energy once they walk in and out of our doors and experience bespoke wellness services.’

Located in Lagos, Africa’s holistic health and wellness centre, ‘The Happiness Centre’, offers services that help bespoke customers unlock their full potential in life.

The Happiness Centre harnesses the power of alternative medicine, herbal remedies, yoga, breath-work and meditation, with the aim of achieving physical, emotional and mental balance for individuals.

Dignitaries that attended the event include: Honourable Minister of Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Professor Pat Utomi; Chairman, Traditional Medicine Board, Professor Adebukunola Ositelu amongst others.