#HappyDay

Last night, while watching Glee with one of my students I finally heard Pharrell William’s song Happy for the first time.  Of course, the cast of Glee brought a unique spin to the  catchy, upbeat and uplifting song, but I was in love.  Fast forward 12 hours later, Happy was on repeat for hours. Not because it is a great song but  of all the great submissions in celebration of the second annual International Day of Happiness.

Mr. Pharrell Williams and the United Nations Foundations teamed up together for the second annual International Day of Happiness.  In 2012, the General Assembly of the United Nations recognized the relevance and importance of happiness and well being as universal goals and aspiration in the lives of human beings around the world. The 2014 campaign was launched by Pharrel’s new website, 24 Hours of Happiness, where visitors can share their own moments of happiness by uploading videos to YouTube and Instagram to spread the message of #HappyDay. Throughout the day, Pharrell encouraged his fans to donate to the CN’s Central Emergency Response Fund and played his favourite submissions live throughout the day. Each hour, a new video from a different time zone appeared. Countries such as Brazil, Costa Rica, Japan, South Africa, England, and many more participated in this unique event. Below is a combination of a few of those videos that spread the message of happiness and joy.  I recommend that you watch parts of the video, it will guarantee a smile.

The concept of spreading happiness and music just makes me happy. It is evident that music brings people together. It is freeing, brings hope, sunshine, love and overall happiness. I believe that happiness is the key to life. You could be the richest person in the world but without being truly happy with yourself and your surroundings then what is the point? Happiness could mean many different things to people. It could be the bite out of a freshly baked cookie,or getting greeted at the door by your little big pup. Happiness could be dancing around with a bunch of friends. I thought that the project was well market, that Pharrell was chosen to be highlighted in this campaign. Mr. Williams is an internationally acclaimed musician who has impacted the world in a positive way. His website, 24 Hours of Happiness, was successful in further spreading the message of #HappyDay. Utilizing social media outlets also helps spread the message of happiness while strategically urging fans to donate money to the Crisis Relief Fund.  It is important to note that crisis relief, as a band aid can still provide happiness and hope to many children, women, and young families. Aid relief is also happiness to those negatively impacted by natural disaster or unexpected events.

As #HappyDay is slowly coming to a close, it is important to note and remember that every single human being deserves to be happy. To be given the opportunity to  love life and their surrounding environments. Music brings people together and it is something that shouldn’t be forgotten. Happiness means many different things to many people but it is important to remember to find your happiness, whatever it may be.

And with that I ask you, what makes you happy?

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3 thoughts on “#HappyDay

  1. To me, happiness cannot be defined. I have been asked many times about what makes me happy, and I always answer with success. But I have come to the realization that there is much more to happiness than having a well paying job. Happiness can stem from the most unexpected places, and that’s what makes it so special. As you mentioned, music is such a great way to bring people together and spread happiness; it allows people to express themselves, and at the same time provide a level of comfort and support. Music brings me happiness, but it is only one of many things. Nearly every day I find something new that brings happiness to my life, and today, reading your post made me happy. 🙂

  2. Reading this post instantly made me happy! This song has been on repeat on my playlist since it was released! Pharrell’s campaign definitely raised awareness with thousands of people making versions of the video and posting it on Facebook. My favourite was the version for celebrating World Down Syndrome day (http://www.ryot.org/video-celebrate-world-down-syndrome-day-with-these-happy-dancers/612637). It brought tears to my eyes and so much joy 🙂
    Like we learnt in class, some people are extrinsically motivated and some are intrinsically (wow never thought org behaviour actually taught me something).

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