R. Kelly said it best, “What is it that can come and take away all your stress?”
The answer: Music.
It’s one of life’sÂ most magical gifts. It transcends culture, language barriers, and has broken down racial barriers, uniting white and black music lovers during the Jim Crow era. Music also has the power toÂ change your mood and studies show that happy music triggers goodÂ memories from the past.
In honor of International Day of Happiness, celebrate with happy music that will put some pep in your step.Â Whether you’re stuck at work or overwhelmed by the cares of life, this song list will help raise your spirits and get you through the day.
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
“I See A Victoryâ€ Performed liveÂ By Kim Burrell & Pharrell Williams at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 10th, 2016.
“Just Fine” by Mary J. Blige
“I Want to Thank You” by Alicia Myers
“Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson
“Feel So Good” by Ma$e
Otis by Jay Z and Kanye West
“Love On Top” by BeyoncÃ©
“Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin
“No Problem” by Chance the Rapper, featuring 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne
“I Smile” by Kirk Franklin
“Happy People” by R. Kelly
“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
“For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder
“Oh, Happy Day” from Sister Act II
What song (s) are on your “happy” playlist? Let us know @BlackEnterprise.
Selena Hill is the Associate Digital Editor at Black Enterprise and the founder of Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio. You can hear Hill and her team talk millennial politics and social issues every Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.
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