Last week I suggested listening to music as one of several ways to quickly improve a bad mood, so it seemed like a good time to share a few more selections from my personal happy mix. These songs in particular acknowledge that sometimes things aren’t going great, and encourage a more optimistic attitude.
If You’re Going Through Hell by Rodney Atkins
The theme here is simple and straightforward: sometimes things get really tough, but if you keep going you’ll make it through. The message is delivered through an upbeat tempo that helps kickstart your body’s positive chemicals, and a few extended metaphors that drive the point home. I enjoy videos that tell a story, and this one’s fun to watch.
Favorite Lines: “But the good news is there’s angels everywhere out on the street, holding out a hand to pull you back upon your feet”.
All Star by Smash Mouth
This one starts with another plain truth: sometimes people are going to try and tear you down. Then it reminds us that we’re all awesome, and encourages us to embrace it. That’s a message I can definitely get behind. Again, the tune is upbeat and catchy.
And yes, the video’s kind of weird…but I like it. 🙂
Favorite Lines: “The ice we skate is getting pretty thin, The water’s getting warm so you might as well swim”.
Feels Like Today by Rascal Flatts
This song has been one of my favorites for a LONG time, from the first time I heard it. It isn’t peppy like the others; instead, it starts somewhat small and builds to a soaring melody that really sticks with you. The entire song is a reminder that good things are coming our way, no matter what’s going on at the moment. I also really love the video.
Favorite Lines: “While there’s light at the end of the tunnel, keep running towards it”.
The Champion by Carrie Underwood
This is one of the most recent additions to my list. It’s a direct, unapologetic anthem that says, “I worked for it, I deserve it, and I’m going to get it”. Listening to this song gives me an immediate burst of energy, and I think it can apply to any situation where you’re pushing yourself to achieve or overcome something. The video underscores that with images of athletes, social movements, scientific achievements, classroom teachers, rescue workers, and more.
Favorite Lines: “I am invincible, unbreakable, unstoppable, unshakeable, they knock me down, I get up again”.
For more feel good song recommendations (including my personal theme song), see this post.
I’m always looking to add to my list, so please recommend your favorite songs and videos!