The Secretary General of the UN offered up the song “Signed, Sealed Delivered” by Stevie Wonder. No he hadn’t gone around the bend, he was suggesting a song that makes him happy! March 20th the UN declared to be Happiness Day! I’m all for it. They even asked people from around the world to send in their favourite songs – not just any song, but a special song that makes them happy – in honour of Happiness Day, of course.
Happiness has had a bad rap lately. If something is very sweet, it’s often put down as sacharine. If a play is very optimistic and makes you feel good, it’s described as “pollyanish” and dismissed. I recently went to the theatre to see a new production of the musical “Mary Poppins”. I was rather disappointed to see they’d added in several more songs inserting a whole dimension of darkness and evil into the plot. How sad! When I was in graduate school, I saw a lot of academics who thought it the height of intelligence to be able to see the dark side of everything.To approach anything new with criticism and disdain and see how quickly they could find fault with it and bring it down.
The world sorely needs more days of happiness. Those who live in Joy have a powerful influence on others. Smiles are contagious, just like the measels, just a lot more fun.
Let’s do happiness!
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