If you only know me from my blog posts you might think I’m a very serious person who thinks way too much. Actually, I am one of the most upbeat, optimistic and happy people I know. While I do enjoy digging deep into subjects that catch my interest, I also love to laugh, dance and have fun as much as possible. Some of the best ways to do that is to listen to uplifting and happy music. With that in mind, I went through my itunes playlist and came up with fifteen songs that I believe make it impossible not to want to smile and offer the potential to lift your spirit this summer.
Of course before I get into the music, I want to remind you of the post I wrote last summer about the vibration of music and how it affects both our mood and our health. You can read the entire post HERE, but what’s most important to remember is that the music you listen to has the ability to change the very chemicals within your cells. So ask yourself: are the cells of my body happy or depressed? For anyone who is concerned about living a happy and SMART Life, I suggest we all pay attention to the music we listen to, and monitor how it makes us feel.
With that in mind, I suggest you either watch the videos I’m linking below or plug them into itunes music for a preview. Then plan on getting happier:
- Happy—Pharrell Williams. It should be no surprise to anyone that this song is at the top of my list. The first time I heard it I swooned—seriously! I love it so much that I have it as my ringtone on my iphone AND I made the attached video (see photo above) on jibjab as soon as they started offering it. I dare you to watch the video and not crack a smile. Better yet, get up and dance! (Click on photo above for link.)
- Walking on Sunshine—Katrina & The Waves. Until the Happy song listed above came along, this was one of my longtime favorites. While the words aren’t “rocket science” they are catchy enough to get your feet tapping. Link to video
- Love Shack— The B-52s. This song is one of those that roll around in your head and makes you want to get behind the wheel of a car and just drive. Thom’s not crazy about it but I know every word and sing it (loudly) any time it plays. Tin-roof-rusted! Link
- I Gotta Feeling—The Black Eyed Peas. This song has some goofy words to it, but I love it anyway—after all it’s all about the “feeling” anyway. You might want to ignore the line, “I got my money, Let’s spend it up” for obvious reasons. Link
- Best Day Of My Life—American Authors. This is one of my new favorites and it reminds me that today is the best day of my life. I dare you to listen to it and not want to get up and MOVE! Link
- Summer Lovers—Michael Sembelo. Thom and I saw the movie Summer Lovers back in the 80s and this song and the movie appealed to our young and adventurous spirit. Still llove the song and still have a young and adventurous spirit. Link
- I’m Alive—Michael Franti & Spearhead. This is a relatively new song by a favorite artist who makes happy music on a regular basis. Thom and I have seen Michael in concert and he’s fabulous. Link
- Smile—Uncle Kracker. While this song isn’t as upbeat as the others it offers a gentle way to remember the good in your life. And it always makes me smile. Link
- True To Myself—Ziggy Marley. Here is my regge selection for staying happy and true to myself. Link
- The Lazy Song—Bruno Mars. This song is a tribute to summer and slowing down. If you have a serious case of busy going on, then I suggest you learn the lyrics to this song and sing it to yourself over and over again. Link
- Beauty In The World—Macy Gray. This is the only song listed here that I put on my post from last year as a favorite. But it makes me happy and it makes me sing and dance so it will likely do that for you too. Link
- Don’t Worry About A Thing—SHeDaisy. For all you country fans out there this is a positive country song that will make you want to sing along with a twang! Link
- Roar—Katy Perry. I discovered this song last year when researching videos to inspire the high school girls that I mentor through The Ophelia Project here in my community. The thing is, it inspires me too! Link
- The Good Life—One Repubic. I first heard this song on the sound track for the movie version of Eat-Pray-Love and had to have it. Not only does it remind me of how much I love to travel, it is a GREAT reminder in my life that “there is nothing to complain about!” Link
- Unwritten—Natasha Bedingfield. This one is for us writers. If you’ve ever stared at a blank page this is inspiration. Be yourself. “No one else can speak the words on your list.” Link
Bonus Song: Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World—Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. I can’t imagine any list of happy songs that doesn’t include this amazing selection by this amazing artist. Listen and get happy. Link
While there is certainly enough in this world to be serious about on a regular basis, most of the time it doesn’t do the situation any good at all to focus on worry and pain. In fact, there is a huge line of metaphysical teaching that suggests that feelings of anxiety and fear only add to the creation of just that—if not on the global scale then certainly in our personal lives. While we should never ignore action we are called to do, if we get caught in the grips of fear or worry it might be SMART to turn on the music, clear our head, and dance.
Question: Okay, what is your happy song? Please share it in the comments below.