#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?

And in this craze world we live in there is hope

My fellow  indevour Erin  wrote an interesting post today about Lenses  (Please check it out and her blog). Essential Erin argued that we (human beings) view the world in different lens  (such as gender, culture, socio-economic level, sexuality, etc )  and these lenses affect the way we view certain issues and ideas.  However, it is important to understand and be aware of other lenses that may be different to you. The lack of understanding and awareness has caused many disputes and conflicts.

We are fortunate enough to be living in a society that allows people to fight back for their rights and freedoms. The global society is constantly being educated to use political correct terms, to be inclusive in their language and to respect others views and opinions. Yet, there are always a few ignorant folks who fail to do so.  The lack of responsibility for their actions has sparked many disputes and controversy. Just this past week, numerous headlines and events appeared on my social media from Coca- Cola’s American Beautiful Diversity Ad to Piers Morgan’s Misgendered Insults and to the highly debated Issues surrounding Sochi 2014 (All to be blogged and commented about in the later further).  But what they all have in common is the lack of understanding, lack of education and lack of awareness.

The craze of this world is surrounded by the lack of understanding, lack of education and lack of awareness. It is getting better but at what cost. The cost of humiliation, harassment, ridicule, and pain.  People are constantly fighting for their voice to be heard, to gain equal rights and privilege as the white elite men.  And slowly but surly they are winning their fights. Yet no matter where you go in the deepest darkest corners of the world you will find that one ignorant stubborn person that fails to listen to and understand the lenses of those around him or her.

But there is hope. Our generation is learning, becoming more educated and are making more informed decisions. While the spread of social media can be a threat to society it has proven to be blessed invention that has helped informed people, keep them connected with like minded souls, and helped create social change. Whether it be small or big, change occurs everyday.  It doesn’t matter where you are from or what you do or what you believe in. Just remember to stay informed, understand all points of view and lenses, and be aware that you opinion is not the only thing that matters. There are about 7.14 billion other beautiful souls out there that have a voice and that matter. Take the time and listen to their voice before you expect people to listen to yours. And that itself will give us hope.