Elle Woods was not kidding when she said that “exercise gives you endorphins, endorphines make you happy, happy people just don’t shoot their husbands…”
After a pretty intense workout session last week, I still kept feeling a little wounded up. I was tense, I needed a pedi, I needed to b*tch and complain when all of a sudden… “Swweeetttt Caroline (pa, pa, paaa) Good times never seemed so good (So Good, So Good, So Gooood!)” came on the radio. And I could not avoid to be taken back to that amazing day when I ran my first every 42k. I remember the emotional wall, the “you can’t run a marathon, you’ll die” in the back of my head from almost everybody who deemed it impossible. And then, Neil Diamond’s song came up as we were approaching the back of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and me and literally, dozens of complete strangers started dancing and singing to this tune that I confess, had never heard before. But it was catchy, and so was the rhythm and the good mood that was set around it.
BACK TO LAST WEEK…
And so, after not much mind debacle, I blasted the volume and got taken back to that amazing day when I remembered that I was doing exactly what I loved doing and in the happiest way possible. Research has showed that “Music Engages Brain Regions Linked to Motor Actions, Emotions, and Creativity” ANDDDDDD it is very efficient at targeting autobiographical memories that can put you in a good mood.
Where am I going with all of this? Just a friendly suggestion: whenever you seem to be headed to a frustrating cul-de-sac of emotions, go back to happier times with the song that makes you dance, that makes you wonder, that makes your eyes sparkle.
It’s no wonder that weddings in Guatemala generally replay the top 100 songs of the 90s… they just carry so much fondness and good times along with every beat. And I kid you not, whenever they play “Ilarie” (a song from a tv show that aired on 1986), it makes everybody from my age and up dance like little tykes in the dance floor.
So while it’s sometimes a good idea to go to your quiet corner and just sit back with you feelings, if you feel like you just need a little energy boost without spending any money or making a mess in the kitchen, try that one song that will make you want to shout off the top of your lungs!
“Dance like nobody’s watching, love like you’ve never been hurt before, sing like nobody’s listening, live like it’s heaven on earth”- Mark Twain