Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens.
In the immortal words of Julie Andrews, when she’s feeling sad she simply remembers her favourite things and then she doesn’t feel so bad.
For me it is always music and in particular the video of the the American Marine’s parody of Carly Rae Jepson’s video ‘Call Me Maybe’. Those guys are just so cute and some are clearly not as comfortable with it as others, but they always bring a smile. So cool.
The Brits in Iraq parodying ‘Is This The Way to Amarillo’ is next This one crashed the Army’s website because it had so many views when it was released. I particularly like the toilet humour – it is the British Military after all, I would expect nothing less.
Another good one is Bobby McFerrin’s video for ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ with Robin Williams and Bill Irwin. I can’t believe it’s from 1988 – that’s 30 years ago! And of course, more recently is ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams, that one is a little younger than Bobby’s.
Not seen them? Google them – right now – they’re a must. I’ve saved them in my bookmarks.
It’s a well known fact that music can shape your moods so I also have a Spotify playlist called ‘My Happy Place’ filled with over 300 merry tunes to turn up nice and loud and sing along to.
As well as music there was a lovely train guard one day that brightened my day and when I see this in my notebook it always makes me smile. He was a very jolly and flamboyant young man with a big beard. I ordered coffee from him from the cart and as he passed me my cup he said in a grand booming voice “And of course don’t forget the stick of destiny. All powerful … until … it … get’s … wet. Oh well, maybe next time.” He was referring to the wooden stirrer that he dropped into my coffee as he said it. I know – you had to be there – but he didn’t have to say anything and it really cheered me up on a long and boring journey where I hadn’t spoken to anyone for over 5 hours.
And finally, this sign outside a tiny church hall warmed the cockles.
“Feeling down in the mouth? You need a faith lift.”
Add to this list my husband’s hugs, sunflowers, sunshine and the seaside, Kitty curled up on my lap, good friends and my kids banter around a dinner table and I think that’s me pretty much sorted for life.
So what is it that turns your frown upside down?