Is Happy the New Buzz Word?

Don't worry, be happy! If I had a dime for every time I heard that line that when I was in Jamaica some years back, I'd be rich--and happy! It's such a simple statement. It rolls off our tongues like some platitude. We try to believe it. When we hear that song, we think of the likes of Bob Marley basking in the sunshine on some beach, reggae music blasting in the background. What's not to be happy about? Here we shiver and shovel, then complain as more snow falls. I have a dear friend (she shall remain nameless) who reminds me weekly about how much she hates the snow. I cringe thinking about what she'd do with a shovel if I suddenly blurted: "Don't worry, be happy!"

Is "Happy" the new buzz word? In recent years, there has been a deluge of articles written about happiness and being happy. Relationship gurus spout about the importance of happiness within the self and how that reflects on our significant relationships. A whole spate of writing exists out there to remind us about the nature of happiness...as if that is not reason enough to make us unhappy. Why all this focus on happiness anyway? Why care if those endorphins are coursing through us, keeping us smiling? I think pigs have it right: they sit in IT and they're still happy.

So yes, it really is that simple: stop worrying for you cannot change the event that has not yet occurred and that you are worrying about, and just be happy about what you do have. I like to say, "Fake it until you make it." It's not always an easy task to plaster a smile on your face and face the world. But then again, it is a catch-22. What you put out there, you get back. You smile at the universe and it smiles on you. It IS that simple.

Don't worry, just be happy!

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  1. Hahaha. So true, if you put smiles out, you get them back, and few things make people feel as happy as someone smiling - unless it's the taxman, of course. ;-)

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  2. I gave up negativity for lent this year... that means I can't "give up" anything... So I have to rephrase everything into positive terms... Just 38 more days of faking it... and maybe I'll make it by Easter. http://jenndoesntgiveafig.blogspot.com/2011/03/exorcising-dust-bunnies-for-easter.html
    Thanks for the post. Love it as always.
    Jenn

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  3. Don’t worry, become happy

    First -- it actually isn’t a Bob Marley song.

    Bob Marley died 1981 so he never had a chance to sing it. “Don't Worry, Be Happy" is a song by musician Bobby McFerrin. Released in September 1988, it became the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

    Now happiness is relative and depends on the definition being biological, psychological, religious, or philosophical but if you just stick to the shear feeling of happiness your brain can induce by releasing some neurotransmitter it isn’t possible to be happy all the time (it´s impossible for the brain to constantly produce such an amount) but it sure is possible to be unhappy all the time (which is lack of those neurotransmitter). Soo if you doesn’t feel unhappy it might be good enough. ? Happiness then comes in flashes. ;-) That leads to the conclusion that being contend is the goal in this world. So question is are you contend.?

    I have made the decision to be contend. From that follows not being unhappy, having a positive attitude and then just as you doesn’t expect it you suddenly feel happy; and appreciate it.

    It’s actually pretty simple.
    Don’t worry, Be happy or I would dare say Don’t worry, become happy

    (So yes Kelly we are happy now, why not; we have what we need and can get what we want.)

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  4. Hello Misha and Jenn: LOL Misha re the taxman. He needs smiles too! I like that Jenn, about remaining positive for lent--what a great idea! Thank you both for your positive feedback! Cheers!

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  5. Thanks, Kim, for your shared insights about being contented. I agree that this euphoric happiness is not always possible and yes, does come in flashes. The goal is contentedness which I do believe begins with the self and having a positive attitude like Jenn also said. I am content. And once in awhile, that flash of sheer euphoria has me wanting to sing from the rooftops! But it all starts with me. And that is the power of true happiness.

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