Honestly when I first heard this song, it annoyed me. Happy is such a loaded word. Complicated. Unattainable. Who is anyone to say that they are happy? Who are these jerks writing songs about being happy? (It may have been a PMS day). I decided to do some digging. Google, offering me the lowest commitment form of research brought me to Dictionary.com which had the following to say about the dreaded word:

adjective, happier, happiest.

delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing:

to be happy to see a person.

characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy:

a happy mood; a happy frame of mind.

favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky:

a happy, fruitful land.

apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas.

obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in combination):

a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days.”
Okay. A less emotionally charged description of the word I shall not name  seemed to turn my mood. And so did this video.

And if you haven’t seen it, here is the official Pharrell Williams music video for the song this blog post is named after.

Seeing people dance their “happy” is really something I can’t argue with. If anyone ever wanted to win a fight with me all they would have to do is act out the rumble scene of West Side Story and I would probably be completely pacified. Dance connects me to my happy, to my safe place, to my peace.

Check out 24hoursofhappy.com or this YouTube Link to see the first 24 hour music video featuring over 400 dancers all over Los Angeles which was the base footage for Pharrell’s music video. Or, check out this article for Pitchfork magazine’s Top 5 Things that Happen in Pharrell’s 24 hour Music Video.

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