Finding Joy


One of the best parts about being a music educator was the special joy of singing with children.  Bobby McFerrin’s song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is featured in this video.  It is performed by musicians from the non-profit Playing for Change who are joined by young musicians from all around the world. It is easier to sing (or say):

“Here’s a little song I wrote

You might want to sing it note for note

Don’t worry, be happy

In every life we have some trouble

But when you worry you make it double

Don’t worry, be happy

Don’t worry, be happy now.”

-then to live it out … but keep on keeping on!

A few weeks ago, a dear friend sent me a link to NPR’s Joy Generator.  I was intrigued by the title and delighted by this selection of stories that invite you to tap into positive emotions and keep the pandemic blues at bay. 

I tried the “Call of the Wild” story first and was transported to the sights and sounds of Yellowstone National Park.  I could feel myself relaxing immediately and enjoying the sounds of America’s first national park.  As indicated, headphones are recommended.

There are opportunities to draw and write poetry with interactive visuals and helpful links to aid in further opportunities to creating joy.  NPR is correct in stating that “small doses of daily delight can shift our focus away from our worries and give more opportunity for joy to arise.” 

NPR’s Joy Generator 

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