My ideal world is really pretty ideal. Here’s part of the soundtrack.
I have a mix cd in my car titled “Ridiculously Happy Music”. I made it because I have a pessimistic child and I’d like to show that child some other options and I have bad days that need turning around, too. A few songs from this cd can work wonders and lower stress levels for all of us.
I’m not afraid of cheesy or campy things because I just don’t take myself seriously all the time. It’s only saccharine if I let myself think I’m too cool to be really happy… and I’m usually not that cool. If you’re not used to this kind of music, please take it one song at a time.
Come On, Get Happy by the Partridge Family
Think Good Thoughts by Colbie Caillat
You Are My Sunshine by Pete Seeger
When You’re Smiling by Frank Sinatra
Everything Good Reminds Me of You by Donny & Marie
I Do by Colbie Caillat
Happy Working Song by Amy Adams (from Enchanted)
Singing in the Rain by John Martyn
Look for the Silver Lining by Jessica Molaskey
Ka Pua U’i by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Secret O Life by James Taylor
‘Ohpihi Moemoe by Cyril Pahinui
Power of Love by Deee-Lite
Keep On the Sunny Side by Elizabeth Mitchell
Hang On Little Tomato by Pink Martini
Upside Down by Jack Johnson
Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
Shiny Happy People by R.E.M.
That’s How You Know by Amy Adams (from Enchanted)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Popcorn Popping by Various Artists (if you’re Mormon, there are so many good after-dinner family dance songs on this one…)
Addendum: Hello Sunshine by Mercy River
and I Can’t Count the Stars by Julie de Azevedo
Have a great day!