Bobby McFerrin’s song, inspired by the Indian mystic and sage, Meher Baba, delivers a simple and frank message that holds so much resonance for people. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. The popular 80s hit, took the world by storm becoming the first acappella song to reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remained in that spot for two weeks. It even won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Today, twenty four years later, the song still has a presence in society. In fact, just last week, I had the uncontrollable urge to not only listen to but sing the song (yikes). That Bobby McFerrin must have been on to something.
“In every life we have some trouble, when you worry you make it double…Don’t Worry…Be Happy”
There are not too many sure things in life, but one of the many facts of life is that there will be trouble. Complications will arise; stressful events will pervade into a life that’s otherwise pretty darn good. We spend our time worrying and mostly over things of which we have absolutely no control. With constant worry, we drive ourselves to the brink of sanity only for things to work out just right in the end. How’s that for irony? When we have surpassed one crisis, we repay ourselves by worrying with even more ferocity when the next hurdle jumps in our way.
“Cause when you worry, your face will frown, and that will bring everybody down…”
We’ve already established that worrying is simply no good. When you worry, the unhappiness that you wear on your face permeates into everything and everyone around. Now I’m about to share something with you that will change your life. Did you know that happiness is contagious? It’s a scientific fact! I did a Google search for confirmation, it’s true (for those who are curious, search ‘happiness is contagious’). When you bring your good energy into the room, it overtakes anything else present and replaces it. Gratitude takes happiness to a whole other level.
We have the power to focus on what is good in our lives. Doing this grows our gratitude and allows us to inject joy into our own lives and to infect others with joy as well. Being grateful simply means not allowing the worries of life to overwhelm you to the point where you can’t enjoy each day. Thank you Bobby, I think we will take your advice.
So don’t worry, be happy now…