Do you like poetry? I do. I especially love the new spoken word genre of poetry such as the evocative piece that Amanda Gorman delivered at Joe Biden’s inauguration. Powerful! Words have such power as we’ve certainly learned over the last few years. They have the power to incite hate or to inspire love – that is, if we allow them. You see, you hold the power of how you interpret the words you hear and how you let them influence you. You are the only one who can. And as Wayne Dyer’s quote suggests, when you choose to feel good despite the circumstances that surround you, your world changes. Simply put, you attract what you are. In today’s post, I have two special treats to help elevate your happy heart. One is a poem and the other is an activity. Ready to get your happy on?
I have a really great cheesy but endearing music video to share with you today. On most nights before I turn in for the evening, I like to watch something light on TV to get out of my head and into my heart. And one of the best ways I’ve found to do that is to watch music videos. I love music. All different kinds. I also like to stay up to date with what some of the newer artists are creating. It’s been amazing how much music has been created during the pandemic. So, when I ran across this song a few months ago during the earlier days of the restrictions, I was really drawn to its simple message of “feeling blessed, never stressed”. I loved it so much that I searched for it on YouTube and saved it on my desktop along with a few others I turn to when I need a lift.
Most kids are naturally happy. They get it. They know that’s their authentic state of being. They don’t need a reason. They just go with the flow. It helps that their attention span is so short. It means they don’t hold grudges or let the past get between them and their happy heart. But we aren’t kids anymore. We have a past that likes to pop up now and again to remind us of our perceived shortcomings or about people we feel have wronged us. And of course, we have the present day anxiety and disruption of the pandemic to contend with. It’s hard to put on a happy face when you’re a grown up sometimes. So, what can you do to change your disposition? I have a great activity I’ve done with great success and another one I’m about to start. Curious?
Do you remember the Disney movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”? I think my favourite parts were of the little guys smiling as they went to work in the mines. And the song they sang “whistle while you work” left a lasting impression with me to this day. For me it was a profound message about bringing happiness to everything you do – your work, your relationships, and your life. It was about being happy first. So, it was no accident that many years later I was guided to write my book Being Joy™. In fact, I believe it was inevitable! Because this month’s blog series is dedicated to the joy habit of happiness, I promised in my newsletter Joy Matters, that this month’s posts will not come from my “head” but from my “happy heart”. I’m only going to bring you happy songs, poems, images, and fun activities all month long to remind you of your birthright – your joy.
Get ready happy reader. You’re in for a real treat today. We’re going to sing. We’re going to shout. We’re going to clap so loudly that your feet won’t be able to keep up! Figured we could all use some “happy” right about now. I’m a big Pharrell Williams fan. So when he wrote the song “Happy” for the animated film Despicable Me 2 (am also a big fan of animation) I was obsessed. I couldn’t get enough of it, the lyrics, and the way it made me feel. It simply made me HAPPY! Even today, if I happen to hear it on the radio, I stop and have to sing along, no matter where I am or what I’m doing. I also saved it on my computer so I can listen anytime I need a lift. It always makes me smile.