Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"Lighten Up"

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So far, one of my very favourite lessons from The Happiness Project is one that, like many of the commandments Gretchen writes about, might seem obvious and attainable - yet it's fascinating what we still can't manage to remember or attempt to incorporate in our day-to-day actions.

I've really taken to her heavily preached notion of "lightening up." I'm completely guilty of brooding moments; those days when I let the smallest thing get me down and dictate my disposition for really no good reason. I mean, how unfair is that to myself? I've been keeping the idea at the forefront of my brain thus far - in work, play, decision-making, everything - and I've already noticed a difference in feeling that this funny little life is just too short to waste energy feeling less than "light." Especially in these soothing summer months; what better time than now to dust some winter chips off our shoulders!

So, here are a few very important songs to me that, based on their positive connotations, cozy melodies and heartwarming messages, remind me to lighten up a little when I'm tempted to feel otherwise.

1. Don't Worry Baby - The Beach Boys
(This might be one of the sweetest songs of all time)

2. Tougher Than The Rest - Bruce Springsteen
(My favourite music video, my favourite Springsteen song and my Dad's favourite as well)

3. Jack and Diane - John Cougar Mellencamp
(I bet that if the opening guitar riff/drum beat of this classic was scientifically examined, it would prove to be one of the most melodically pleasing song openings in history)

4. Up All Night - Counting Crows
(This song is summer for me. Beaches, ripped jeans and caution to the wind)

5. Ooh La La -The Faces
(A great coming-of-age anthem that calls for a long weekend bonfire and major "lightening up")

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