If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you went to Public School or know someone who did, then you know the Happy Song. Not the one by Bobby McFerrin; the one he wrote at the last minute to fill space on an album.
Don’t Worry Be Happy became the hit that was played over and over and over again.
And I’m not talking about the Happy song from the movie Despicable Me, by Pharrell Williams; but now that I’m thinking about it, it seems that everybody loves a Happy song.
I’m talking about the Happy song that told us to clap our hands and stomp our feet; to say I Am and to do all three.
The most powerful thing about the song that Boomers sang as we marched around the playground is the fact that the song informed us that if we were happy and knew it, then our face should reflect it.
“If you’re happy and you know it then your face should surely know it, if you’re happy and you know it say I Am”
It’s true, happiness seeps up from your heart to your face and out through your smile.
Happiness will not be still, silent, nor does it remain hidden.
Happiness, like the songs of old and new is contagious. It flows from heart to heart and face to face.
Try it, smile at someone and keep smiling. If they don’t smile back, move on to someone else and try again.
Keep smiling until you know that you need it. When you do, you’ll see that the world does too.
Be you, be well, be happy.
Bertice Berry, PhD.