Saturday, May 01, 2010
Joy Delights In Joy - Michelle Douglas
All in all, I consider myself a pretty happy person – certainly more optimist than pessimist – but I do realise that’s not the case for everyone (and it's not the case for me a hundred percent of the time either). When I was aimlessly surfing the web recently, I stumbled across a class called Joy to the Brain: The Neuroscience of Happiness. This class professes to teach its students the things they can do to make themselves happier. Specifically, “Twelve distinct brain functions that promote and produce happiness.”
How intriguing is that?
This list included, among other things, meditation, gratitude, the joy of giving, the importance of learning, and play – that is, doing something for no other reason than that it's fun. Now I say a big amen to all of that, but another two of the items from the list leapt out at me straight away because the heroine from my current release The Cattleman, The Baby and Me uses them to keep her spirits up – and that’s singing and dancing.
Now, no, Sapphie is a no better singer and/or dancer than I am – and believe me, you wouldn’t book either one of us as the entertainment for your end of year function – but the simple act of singing and dancing to her favourite music keeps Sapphie buoyant.
I don’t know why I didn’t make the connection while I was writing the book, but most nights when I’m cooking dinner I plug in my iPod, chose a play list and sing and dance along. I even have what I call my you-can’t-be-sad-when-you’re-listening-to-these-songs play list. And just in case any of you are feeling in need of a little pick me up I’m going to share my favourite top 5 songs from this play list... and feel free to laugh at my appalling taste. After all, laughter is a sign of joy, isn't it?
2. Chewy, Chewy by Ohio Express – any song that has the lyrics “Chewy, Chewy, Chewy, Chewy, Chewy, Chewy, Chewy baby always got a mouthful of such sweet things to say. Chewy (x7 again) baby, chewy’s full of sugar and I love it that way, ” has to make you grin. Ohio Express is also responsible for “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy I’ve got love in my tummy.”
3. 500 Miles by The Proclaimers – they sound like they’re having soooo much fun. It’s contagious!
4. I Could Be So Good For You by Denis Waterman – I am convinced this man is a total rogue (in the best possible way) and that come across very nicely in this song, thank you. I can't help but smile whenever I hear it.
5. Mickey by Toni Basil – try to NOT dance to this!
Actually, there were loads more I could’ve chosen – everything from Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep to Scotland the Brave (yep, bagpipes make me smile too) – but these are my five favourites for today. So what about you – do you have a favourite happy song that I could add to my play list?
Oh, and in the interests of making you all smile, everyone who leaves a suggestion will go into a draw to win a copy of my May release, The Cattleman, The Baby and Me.
Posted by Lee Hyat at 1:06 AM