Thursday, September 15, 2011

C'mon Get Happy

What's your surefire way to get happy? You know those days when you're feeling just a little blah (not majorly blah - that's another category altogether) or you've been stuck at your desk and you're feeling a mite stressed? What do you do to snap out of it? One of my methods (depending on the nature of the blah, as I said) is to dance like a complete looney around the living room to something loud and often absurdly upbeat. Now, a few things here. First, I can't dance to save myself. I dance like a complete twit, combining weird 60s-esque moves with a lot of hand waving. Second, I am 38 and would be, you would think, beyond dancing around the room like a nut-bar. Well, the beauty of it is, I close the curtains, crank up the volume and all that just doesn't seem to matter. Dance like there's no-one watching? Dance having made sure there's no-one watching is my take on it!

And my tracks of choice? There have been many over the years (yes, this is a long-term habit) but lately Suede's "Can't Get Enough" is a good one (I have only recently discovered Suede, despite the fact that I was into every other Britpoppish band in the mid-90s). They of course have the added bonus of the not-too-hard-on-the-eyes Brett Anderson as their lead singer. Ahem. "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode is also good value as is that band's "Enjoy the Silence". On the Britpop trail again, I go for Pulp's "Common People" or "Disco 2000". I have been waving my hands in the air to New Order since I was at school in 19*cough* and of course, there's always room for some Smiths (though I choose carefully - "Asleep" is not exactly an endorphin creator).

What about you? Do you "dance your legs down to the knees" as the divine Mr Morrissey would have it when you need a little happy rush? Or do you have other methods?


Pina said...

On a short term I do the same as you (and compared to me you are still young :)). On a long term I just go out for a walk, or even better, I climb the mountains. This is for sure the best way to make me happy.

Feronia said...

@ Pina -

Walking is fantastic, it's true. I'm so looking forward to doing some more of it now that the weather's improving for us :)

Bodecea said...

As Pina said - walking. Going up a hill (in lack of mountains here) until you sweat und let the nature around do the rest. I was dancing more when I was a teenager, but when I am stressed now, loud music tends to stress me even more.


Feronia said...

@ Bodecea -

This is when my inner teenager gets out!

Neus said...

I like Common People so badly! There's a Catalan version, that I'm in love with:
And I'm agree with all the comments, going for a walk is fantastic, but for me riding is the best way of forgetting all the bad mood. I think that nobody can be angry riding a bike!

Feronia said...

@ Neus -

What a gorgeous version of Common People - I love it :) Thanks for sending me the link :))