My 5-year-old niece went to a "Trolls" dance party this weekend, and my sister was kind enough to share a video.
My niece doesn't dance like the other kids. She does somersaults, fills the room, gallops in circles, and flails her arms and hips in accordance with no rhythm anyone can recognize. She's a nut.
I'm so proud.
Is there any better lesson for a kid than to literally dance to the beat of your own drum?
I've been grumpy lately.
It's been a tough week few months couple of years for the U.S. and Europe — and I've been watching it all from the swamps of Florida.
I know what it's like to not want to get out of bed in the morning.
I'm trying to be positive again — I used to annoy people with optimism. But now I forget. I wake up to bad news in the morning, read shitty Facebook comments in the afternoon, get cut off by an aggressive redneck on the road, miss a family birthday party one weekend, and I forget I decided yesterday to look on the brighter side.
So I've started employing one sunny, smiley, cheesy positivity tactic: I start the day with a positivity playlist.
Can it get sillier? You betcha. My positivity playlist is called "Girl Power."
It's filled with songs that make me want to dance, tell me I'm awesome, paint the world in cartoon colors, encourage me to take control and remind me of my niece dancing like no one's watching in some community center in the middle of Wisconsin.
You'll probably be inspired by your own set of embarrassingly-peppy tunes, but if you need somewhere to start, here's my Girl Power playlist...
(Quick reminder: This is a no-judgement zone.)
My positivity playlist ("Girl Power")
- "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake
- "I Was Born" by Hanson
- "Get Back Up Again" by Anna Kendrick (related: the entire "Trolls" soundtrack)
- "Roar" by Katy Perry
- "Dear Prudence" by The Beatles
- "Every Single Body Else" by Butch Walker
- "Gone Country" by Alan Jackson
- "I Feel Lucky" by Mary Chapin Carpenter
- "Hot Girls in Good Moods" by Butch Walker
- "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift
- "Heroes (we could be)" by Alesso
- "Boston" by Augustana
- "Red Dirt Road" by Brooks & Dunn
- "Inspired" by Miley Cyrus
- "In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry
- "Good Day" by The Films (if you pretend it's not about heroin)
- "Oh, Wisconsin!" by Locksley
- "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar
- "Happy" by Pharrell Williams
If you use Apple Music, this is a public playlist. If not, most of the songs should be available on Spotify, Pandora, Google Play or, like, your local record store.
How do you remind yourself to stay positive on crappy days?
Let me know — I need all the smiles I can get!
P.S. What music or sounds help you write? I'm working on a playlist post for The Write Life, and I'd love to include your suggestions!