Something happened to me a few months ago that I found surprising, I was given an award for happiest playlist on Spotify. How does one win an award like that you ask? Shut up an Dance with Me on repeat for 60 days straight. That’s how!
But really, Spotify had an event in the office and for fun (or public music shaming purposes) they had a company analyze everyone’s playlists (you had to opt in but it still outed a few unsuspecting beliebers). They shared results of the overall office tendencies, Drake was by far the most popular artist, more country fans than I expected but nothing to weird unfortunately. I was presented with the “Ray of Sunshine” award which meant I had the happiest music in my playlists. Now I know some of that sunshine was based on Lo’s kidz bop playlist and the fact that she listens to Cupid Shuffle (or Stupid Shuffle as she calls it) on repeat 20 times a day. But when I actually looked at my song choices and thought about it, I acknowledged that I do surround myself with happy and positive things. I watch my fair share of cats videos, I listen to the “Get Happy” playlist on Spotify, watch mostly comedies, and follow @thebabyanimals on Instagram.
Baby sloth. You’re welcome.
Somewhat consciously (my self awareness only goes so far) I realized that if I don’t have that constant positive reinforcement it only takes one shitty news article or a crappy headline to send me into a dark spiral of unhappy and negativity. (To help combat that I have now decided to get all of my news from The Onion. Since all news is fake anyway, right?) I think surrounding myself with positive people/places/things (nouns?) has helped me deal with the nightmare of Vegas and find a way to be happy anyway.
And now a TED talk.
I think this quote sums it up nicely “We’re finding it’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.”
Thank you for sending this my way Charlotte!