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Vail Daily column: Come on, get happy

The other day, I happened to be down at the Park Meadows mall. As I was just the hired help for the day, my role was really just to drive the car, carry the bags and pay at checkout time. While in Macy’s I had a pretty cool experience and thought I would share it with you here.

So as I sat in a chair and waited in the ladies shoe department, yes I said it, the ladies shoe department, the background music caught my attention. Not so much because of the volume, but it was a very catchy tune that brought me back to the ’70s. The Partridge Family’s “Come On Get Happy.” And, yes, some would say I just may be stuck in the ’70s as it were regarding my musical preferences.

It was awesome enough that I recognized it, but as I looked around I noticed that I was not the only one in the store tapping my toes and singing along quietly to the music. You may be doing the same right now as you also know the song. There were actually others singing a little out loud, some women dancing a little in their own space, a few other guys nodding their heads and tapping their toes to the beat, and I swear I thought that a “flash mob” was about to happen right there in Macy’s at any moment.

The song actually had a group of strangers in the store smiling, singing and even dancing without one bit of encouragement other than the lyrics to the song. How amazing and awesome is that?

If you have listened to local radio recently, then you have also probably heard the song “Happy” by Pharrell. And you have probably heard it or have seen him perform it at an awards show or on television somewhere. I mean it is everywhere, and it seems to be on the radio a lot. And why not? I have to admit that as much as I hear the song “Happy,” it actually makes me just a little bit happier than I was in the previous moment, even maybe tapping my toes and fingers a little bit to the tune as well whether I am working, walking or driving.

So the question I have asked myself since my “Come On Get Happy” experience in Macy’s is this: “What else triggers happiness?”

Some of us, me included, can get so caught up in our busy-ness and our business that we completely forget about being happy, or at least let it slip through our fingers from time to time. Maybe it’s a song, maybe it’s a workout, maybe it’s a good book, a smile, a hug, an accomplishment, skiing, golfing, hiking, a friend, a child, a feeling of love, being loved, and being in love, and hundreds of other possibilities that bring us back to that feeling of happiness and joy. What are your triggers?

“Come On Get Happy,” “Happy,” “Shiny Happy People,” “Hakuna Matata,” “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and “Joy to the World” are just a few of the songs that work for me when it comes to adding a little more pep to my step when I hear them. How about you? Is it a song or something else that triggers happy thoughts and gets you back on the happy track of life?

I would love to hear all about it at gotonorton@gmail.com, and when we remember to balance our busy-ness with happiness, it will be a better than good week for sure. So come on — get happy.

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker, and CEO of www.candogo.com. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.


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