"When you're happy and you know it clap your hands! When your happy and your know it clap your hands! When your happy and you know it, than your face should surely show it! When your happy and your know it clap your hands!"
When I began to give some serious thought to The Art of the Happy Dance, this child hood ditty immediately came to mind. It might sound like a bit of an oxymoron to be thinking seriously about a Happy Dance, but let's give it a shot.
So what in the heck is a Happy Dance? Oh come on, everyone's done the Happy Dance. You know, it's that thing, that mini dance routine that occurs when something really great happens. It's the celebration sensation that bubbles up and spills over, affecting you from the inside to the out and ends up as a shake, shimmy, two step and a hop with some smiles and cheezin' sprinkled on the top! (or something like that!). I always sign off the end of each of my posts with: Remember, time is short. Do your happy dance. Enjoy life! Because I profoundly believe that acknowledging moments of joy and happiness with a little ritualistic shimmy or two step in honor of whatever has given me so much pleasure helps grow my positivity reserves and thus, makes my life much healthier.
There's lots of great research out there that has shown that a positive outlook can profoundly affect our health, finances, and our relationships. And the Happy Dance is another way we can reflect our positive vibe. A good Happy Dance is spontaneous. Born from the moment. It's a kinetic occurrence that jolts you from the inside and than transfers its energy to an outer manifestation. Your soul bearing witness that you are capable, you are worthy and you are here. The happy dance provokes thoughts of more productivity, a more positive outlook, and just feelin' good. A WhooHooo! kind of moment.
One of the most visible examples of the 'Happy Dance' can be found in the world of football. Over time, those end zone dances have gotten to be quite an elaborate celebration. Unfortunately, end zone antics have been curtailed if not outright banned. What a shame that the officials would shut down the exuberant energy and transformative power that doing a happy dance can elicit. When those players celebrated their touch down it always made me want to get up and join them. Made me want to shrug my shoulders in unison, as if some of their confidence, talent, and good fortune could be transfered to me. Well actually, that powerful transformative energy is transfered. We are always affected by the energy we witness.
The true power that lies at the core of the Happy Dance is all about agreement. Agreeing with the Universe that you should be affirmed. Agreeing that you are entitled to come up with a great idea, deserve to win a prize, or that your hard work should be validated is incredibly life affirming. Witnessing someone in the midst of engaging in and experiencing this life affirming celebration and agreement can affect you, transferring its power to you, leaving you, the witness, feeling uplifted and empowered in both discernible and indiscernible ways. At bear minimum, witnessing a Happy Dance makes you smile.
There isn't really an 'art' to the Happy Dance, not in any kind of artsy high-brow way, but in my opinion, the real art is to simply allow yourself to let go of the social conditioning and negative thoughts that can make us believe the Happy Dance is just so much tom-foolery, and separates us from being free. So the next time you have a great idea, or get a promotion, or even something as simple as finding something that you'd lost, go ahead, do a little or even a great big Happy Dance. Agree with the Universe: celebrate, validate, and affirm you.
Remember, time is short. Do your happy dance. Enjoy life!