BYOH: Build Your Own Happiness or How to hack your own happiness buttons.
Today: Sing your heart out, even if you aren’t very good at it!
Sing a song
Make it simple
To last your whole life long
Don’t worry that it’s not good enough
For anyone else to hear
Sing a song.
Singing is totally underrated. As a means to lift your mood, I don’t see it offered up, enough, as a means to push your own happiness buttons. But, it should be.
Unlike working out, having sex, or going for a walk, singing doesn’t require any special skill or equipment. You can do it alone or with a group. There are no skill limits or age limits. It doesn’t even require music. Even better, it’s FREE and you can do it just about everywhere.
Similar to exercise, singing elevates endorphins, for pleasure and oxytocin, for stress and pain relief. The best part is, unless you are belting out the tunes like Janis Joplin or jumping on the couch like David Lee Roth, you won’t be sore the next day. Did I mention, it’s free?
Singing my heart out has gotten me through a lot of lonely times, nervous times, stressful times, and heartache. Singing, at work, was how I got through a lot of very stressful days, when I really wanted to give someone a piece of my mind (but I still wanted to keep my job).
You can’t stay mad at the world if you are jumping around your living-room with a hairbrush and a hit song. You just can’t. Especially if your pets join.
If you have never sung in the shower, let me tell you, you’re missing out. I highly recommend it.
You don’t have to have a voice like Mariah Carey to sing your heart out, all you need is a tune in your head and the desire to express it out loud, even if it doesn’t make sense. Sing your grocery list, sing instructions to your spouse, sing weird noises into an electric fan … Because it’s funny, that’s why.
What are your favorite songs to sing that make you feel better?
Feel free, to visit my Facebook page and tell me what kind of things that you do to push your own happiness buttons or drop a line in the comments section. I would really love to hear from you.
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