Pharrell Williams, author of the song “Happy” says it’s a theme song for a contagiously happy person. Not that they are singing it, but that their lives are living it. Pharrell writes that “happiness is a choice,” even though “bad news talking this and that” yet, “nothin’ can bring me down,” and “do you know what happiness is to you.” “Happy” is the 8th highest-selling single of all time in the U.S., the most downloaded song of all time in the UK, and the most successful song of 2014 worldwide.
People want to be happy, and the song makes us…happy!
The upbeat music, memorable lyrics, and hand-clapping energy are what makes this song so powerful. Music has the potential to bring us up when we are down, or down further when we are down. It can make us cry over a memory, feel puzzled over a lyric that makes no sense (like many from the 60s), increase anger, empower workouts, enhance romantic feelings, and can make even a non-dancer dance!
Greys Anatomy offered me a saying that I use in my own life and maybe it will help you, too. When one of the close friends was facing a particularly difficult situation or sad time, the other friend would get in their face and say, “Dance it out!” or “Let’s dance it out!” Dancing may not be your thing, but it always seemed to work for them! It made them laugh, or at least forget about their troubles for a while.
Feelings of happiness often seem connected to life satisfaction.
Situational happiness will buy you a ticket on a roller-coaster of feast or famine. Life is full of ups and downs. Some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue. Situations and circumstances have the potential to run away with your happiness. Little thieves bring little annoyances and diabolical criminals can steal valuable, seemingly irreplaceable emotions.
As a 2-time cancer survivor, I am well aware of this and have lived to tell (and write) about it. My saying back then (20 years ago) was “You only fall off of a bicycle when you stop pedaling.” I refuse to stop pedaling! You know what happens when you do, right? So, don’t!
Like Pharrell says, “Happiness is a choice.” It may sound like a cliché, but take it from one who made that choice 20 years ago and hasn’t stopped peddling yet! In fact, at 61, I’m pedaling like crazy! Choose to be happy, and then start pedaling!
Need some “happy” in your life? Try it:
- Join the more than 25 million people who have streamed the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
- Dance “it” out! Whatever “it” is, it will have less power over you, even if it is only for 4.7 minutes. Here! Let me help you with that.
P.S. I just “tried it” after writing this, and it works! Let me know how you feel after you try it for yourself!
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– STEPHANIE WOLFE, NBC-HWC