Quarantines! Lockdowns! Face masks! If you feel these things are necessary, by all means stay indoors, but others have discovered living in an isolated bubble falling prey to depression, inactivity, and mental and physical decline is just as unhealthy.
No matter where you stand on the COVID safety issues, you have to agree fresh air and sunlight are much better for the soul than computer screens and florescent bulbs.
To help encourage you to crack open that safety shield and stick you head outside (with or without a mask), here are some feel good songs and videos that help celebrate the good parts of the world around us under endless sky.
“These Nights” by Avicii
It is so sad to me know Avicii took his own life at an early age, especially after seeing this fantastic video of multigenerational bonding, loving life, and just going for it. If you don’t feel like grabbing a family member and tooling down the road after seeing this, I don’t know what would do it for you.
“Chatahootchi” by Alan Jackson
I went to an “Ag college” for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees, and when those country folk party or pray, work or play, they do it outdoors. Alan Jackson’s mullet era happy place song still brings a nostalgic smile to my face for the days when we “got a little crazy but we never got caught.”
“The Sound of Sunshine” Michael Franti & Spearhead
I don’t think there’s anyone happier sounding than Micheal Franti. His music cruises around like a sunset on the Florida keys or morning walk on a Jamaican beach. At least I assume. I’ve never been to either of those places. Until I get there, Franti will give us a taste of the easy side of things.
“Beers and Sunshine” by Darius Rucker
Former frontman of Hootie and the Blowfish and a successful solo artist, Rucker has added a little refreshment to his outdoors activities, as a reminder to all of us feeling stressed that sometimes the simplest things are the best things.
“Rhythm of Love” by Plain White T’s
Of course, you can’t fully appreciate life without someone to love. The Plain White T’s romantic little ditty shows us whether with friends or really, really close friends, everything seems better when you’re dancing on the sand. Beach party anyone?
Even if you don’t want to be anywhere around people, get outdoors! Stay in your backyard, if you need, but go outside and look at the blue sky, wander around a secluded path or garden and just enjoy this world. Somewhere out there, it is still a beautiful place.
At least get up from the computer, and just dance to these great tunes. You’ll feel better for it.