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?