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5 Songs That Make Me Happy

Today sucks. Let’s just put that right out there in all its depressing honesty. It’s rainy and dreary, and Trump officially becomes President today. This is a terrible day, and even my dog who is normally a bright, happy face in a too often grim world has decided to say screw it, and has spent the entire morning collapsed in an immovable snoring heap, electing to sleep the day away rather than wake up and face the surreal horror of the day’s events. Am I being too dramatic? I don’t care. This is a day for not caring.

Ideally, I would climb back into bed, pull the covers over my head and mainline old episodes of Arrested Development streaming from my phone like I do when I’m fighting a cold, but there are a few things I have to get done today, and at almost 36 weeks pregnant, being in bed is not as comfortable as I desperately need it to be. So I am forced to face the day, and remain jealous of the dog’s continued slumber.

When the simple act of everyday living feels like a harrowing task, I often turn to music to lift my mood and motivate me to get moving. I find that actually doing things is never as bad as the anticipation of having to do them, so if I can just jumpstart my activity, I usually feel much better off than when I succumb to the desire to remain sluggish and immobile all day. But it can be hard to motivate myself through sheer force and will alone, and that’s where these five songs come in. If I really can’t get going, I put one on and let the upbeat music shake the cobwebs from my mind and limbs.

I have said before that I think it is physically impossible to feel sad while listening to Paul Simon’s, Graceland, so feel free to consider that entire album as song number 6. I am not under the impression that the following songs are the five greatest songs in the world, or anything like that. So don’t send me your comments about my shitty taste in music. This is about feeling happy, fer chrissakes! Nor am I suggesting that these songs will help you feel better when you need a little boost. But I encourage to think about what music does lift you up and get you moving when you are feeling low, and then I suggest that you listen to that music a lot today. Like maybe on constant repeat, starting around 12:01 pm. Turn it up loud so it drowns out the voice in your head that keeps repeating “how is this happening?”

San Fermin, Sonsick

 

Robyn, Dancing On My Own

 

Spoon, The Underdog

 

Whitney Houston, How Will I Know

 

Kate Nash, Later On

 

My Favorite Mood-Boosting Music

This has been a tough week for me. I feel tired and dragged down, and the chilly, gray, rainy days we’ve had are only intensifying my dour mood. I am having trouble sticking to my routine and can’t seem to push myself to get things done. I have no energy left to put effort into anything except for the absolute bare minimum expected of me. Instead of admonishing myself for having a bit of a wasted week (which would certainly only make me feel even worse), I’m just accepting the fact that some weeks are just like this. It’s Friday, and I can start to let this week just fade away behind me and look forward to the next one.

In the meantime, I’m turning back to my tried-and-true method of mood boosting: Paul Simon’s Graceland. I posit that it is nearly impossible to feel low when this album is playing. It is my go-to anytime I need a quick pick-me-up to energize me for the day. I am listening to it this morning and looking forward to feeling more rested and back to normal next week. I plan to usher in May with a good mood.

What is your favorite mood-boosting music?