Let your music make you happy!

Let your music make you happy!
Pictures of babies in swim suits make me smile, but music can work too.

Do you know what kind of music you should listen to when you’re in a good mood?  Happy music.  Do you know what kind of music you should listen to when you’re in a sad, mopey mood?  Happy music again!  I understand that there may be times when you just want to droop, but 30 minutes of that is plenty, then you’re just wallowing and that doesn’t serve anyone well.

I have a “Happy” playlist that I turn to on many occasions.  Sometimes I listen because it’s a nice day and I don’t want to risk a Sarah McLachlan sad-cats-and-dogs song bringing me down, but sometimes I actually use music to boost me up.  I can trick myself like that!  And you can, too!  Just use lots of exclamation points!

Because I want you to be happy, I’m sharing my super-secret proprietary playlist.  I’ve chosen the songs not because they necessarily have sweet happy lyrics- sometimes I bucket a song as “happy” because it’s up-tempo, which is why I accidentally put “Pumped Up Kicks” on a playlist that I recommended as songs that both adults and kids alike would enjoy (whoops, it’s about a kid plotting a shooting spree, which was pointed out to me VERY quickly).  Maybe a song has a happy association for you, so that would make your happy playlist, or it’s from a movie that you saw on your first date with your now husband, blah blah blah.  You get the picture.  Added bonus: many of these songs would serve double duty on a running playlist (*untested by me*).

Smile and enjoy!

• “Do My Thing” – Estelle, featuring Janelle Monáe

• “I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now” – Lupe Fiasco

• “Happy Pills” – Norah Jones

• “Right Down the Line” – Bonnie Raitt

• “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” – JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound

• “Twisted” – Usher

• “Sweet About Me” – Gabriella Cilmi

• “Tongue Tied” – Grouplove

• “Only Wanna Give It To You” – Elle Varner

• “Anything Could Happen” – Ellie Goulding

• “Dirty Love” – KeSha

• “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featuring Ray Dalton

• “(You Will) Set the World on Fire” – David Bowie

• “Stupid” – Kacey Musgraves

• “The Good Life” – Robin Thicke

• “Who Needs You” – The Orwells

• “The Perfect Life” – Moby

• “Best of Times” – Sheryl Crow

• “On Top of the World” – Imagine Dragons

• “Heaven’s Wall” – Bruce Springstreen

• “Got to Be Real” – Cheryl Lynn

• “Girls Chase Boys” – Ingrid Michaelson

• “Thank You for the Music” – ABBA

• “Come With Me Now” – KONGOS

• “I’m Only Joking” – KONGOS


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