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Did You Know That Running Is A Natural Mood Booster?

April 23rd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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If you’re like me, then working out doesn’t necessarily put a smile on your face. Most times I’m filled with frustration when trying to force myself to find an ounce of energy to get up, get out of the house, and hit the gym for a sweat session.

However, no matter how tough finding that happy space in the midst of making your way to the gym and hitting the treadmill may be, a new study actually proves that running can make you happier. According to a report published in the Cognition and Emotion journal, being inactive when it comes to physical exercise can take a negative toll on your mood. On the other hand, activity that gets your endorphin’s pumping improves your overall mood significantly.

For the study, researchers asked 80 participants, half being women, to watch downer scenes from the movie The Champ, and were then paired off into two groups. While one group jogged, the others stretched for 30 minutes. After completing the activity, everyone’s mood was surveyed to compare the final results and see which activity had the better results. In conclusion, the research showed that those individuals who ran said that they felt less sad than those who stretched at the end of the survey. Not to mention, participants who admitted they dealt with problems in regards to controlling their emotions said they felt less sad and overwhelmed after the 30 minute run.

Well, looks like a quick jog around your neighborhood isn’t as bad as we all thought.

Where’s Your Happy?

July 3rd, 2015 - By Kendra Koger
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Most people don’t like getting in trouble, and then hearing about the wrong they did, especially children.

I love my child; don’t get me wrong, but there are moments where her behavior can induce multiple eye rolls.  One of these behaviors is after she gets reprimanded.  I’ll tell her what to do, what not to do, and explain to her why what she did was wrong.  I’ll ask her if she understands, and then, with the biggest puppy dog eyes, she’ll look up at me and ask:  “Where’s my happy?”


At first I thought that she was just joking, trying to say something to break the tension.  After a while, I realized that she really meant it.  She was unhappy and she was holding me responsible for it.

That’s when I explain to her that her happiness is still there, I didn’t take it.  I tell her that she’s in control of her happiness.  She still looks at me as if I’m holding her happiness hostage from her.  These seeking-for-happiness moments remind me that though we’re separated by age, adults and children can still be very similar in emotions and behaviors.

It’s amazing the different things you begin to realize after you interact with a child.  There’s moments when things become more parallel than you might have imagined, and realize that small issues can grow into larger ones as you get older.

When I was a child, I remember a number of times crying and pointing to someone saying:  “they made me sad!”  Sometimes people made fun of my very thick southern accent, sometimes I wasn’t included, or people pointed out my ashy skin.  It would all hurt my feelings, and when I would tell an adult, they would always tell me:  “no one can make you sad.  You make yourself sad,” and I always thought that was such a callous way to approach a child’s feelings.  As I got older, it did begin to make sense.

There’s sort of a mindset that some of us have where we don’t realize that we’re in more control of our lives than we know.  Sometimes we pray that God gives us a solution, or we wait for great opportunities to approach us, when in actuality, those prayers and solutions were right in front of us.  We didn’t notice them because they didn’t come in the way we expected (two boats and a helicopter).  That’s how happiness can be sometimes.  It can seem as though it alludes our grasps, but in fact, it’s more tangible than we realize.

I’m not saying that you can become completely impenetrable to the ills of the world, and how it makes you feel.  I am saying that staying in that negative condition can be our own doing.

Whether it’s giving people too much power over us, victimizing ourselves, ignoring our own faults, or not seeking professional help, these are things that we do to help ourselves stay of negative situations.

Just like expressed in Alyssa Johnson’s very brave article about depression,  it’s not enough to acknowledge a problem, but to seek a solution to it as well.  If it’s just recognizing the triggers, removing the stigma of counselling/therapy, or seeking appropriate ways to handle depression that are right for you, you can get closer to a solution as long as you work toward it.

I’m reminded of this when my daughter asks me “where my happy?” or when I’m annoyed about things in the world.  That’s when I remind her and myself, that happiness is there.  We just have to find the best way for ourselves to grab it.

Marvin Gaye’s Ex-Wife And Daughter Now Say Pharrell’s “Happy” Sounds Like Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar”

March 13th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Marvin Gaye’s family (and their lawyer) was able to prove to a jury that “Blurred Lines” is a rip-off of “Got To Give It Up,” and walk away with more than $7 million. But now it seems that they plan to go over the rest of Pharrell’s discography with a fine-tooth comb.

Okay, I could be exaggerating, but at this point it’s clear that they want to discredit the Grammy-winning producer.

While briefly speaking with “Entertainment Tonight,” Gaye’s daughter, Nona, and ex-wife, Janis, were asked what they thought about some hard of hearing  people saying that “Happy” is another Pharrell song that sounds like a rip-off of Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar.” They agreed with those people.

“I’m not going to lie. I do think they sound alike,” claimed Nona.

“I heard the mash-ups — but I didn’t really need to hear them,” said Janis. “I know ‘Aint[sic] That Peculiar’ and I’ve heard ‘Happy.'”

But both women agreed that they’re focused on the huge legal battle they just won and aren’t necessarily planning to go after the producer over another one of his biggest hits.

As Janis said, “We’re just in the moment today and we’re satisfied.”

And even if they wanted to sue, they wouldn’t get a dime. “Ain’t That Peculiar” was written and produced by Smokey Robinson and members of The Miracles. Gaye just sang the track.

We get it. The Gayes don’t like how ‘inspired’ folks are by Marvin. As Nona put it in the interview:

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being inspired. I’ve been inspired when I made music before. Inspiration’s fine, but the line is when you decide to take the complete and utter essence out of the song. When you take all the meat, and leave the bones.”

Well, below is “Happy” and “Ain’t That Peculiar.” What are we thinking?


Now The “Happy” Book Is Coming! 7 Business Ventures From Pharrell

February 17th, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Ever since Pharrell Williams’ Happy took over the airwaves, the upbeat song has been bestowing blessing after blessing for the multifaceted entertainer. This time, the chart-topping single brought Williams a picture book deal for the kids, ABC reports.

Happy, released in June 2013 as part of Despicable Me 2’s soundtrack, is 2014’s best-selling song. The Oscar-nominated feel-good single sold 6.4 million copies in 2014, went triple platinum, and reached the hearts of millions overseas, and landed Williams an interview with the legendary Oprah Winfrey.

You can’t quite put Pharrell in a box. He’s not just a performer, or just a rapper, or just a producer. He’s all of that and more. He’s been a shape-shifter in the music industry more almost two decades, but it was only recently that the worldwide spotlight propelled the Happy musician into super-fame.

But besides writing and producing one of the hottest singles of our time, Pharrell, worth $80 million, is quite the mastermind when it comes to entrepreneurship and business.

Let’s take a look at some of Pharrell’s most brilliant enterprises over the years.

15 Habits For A Healthy Relationship

September 29th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Looking for a clear way to a happy and healthy relationship? It can be as easy as practicing these healthy habits of people in healthy relationships. Put in a little effort every day and it could pay off big in the long run.

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Never Say Anything You’ll Regret

Healthy couples know that hurtful words are written in permanent ink. Instead of letting go and apologizing later, avoid making those digs in the first place. You’ll avoid putting hairline cracks in your relationship that could fracture it later.

Cee Lo Speaks On Whether Or Not He Regrets That He Had To Pass On Pharrell’s “Happy”

May 8th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Not sure if you heard, but before Pharrell was making everyone happy with “Happy,” the song was written by the mega producer for Cee Lo. Knowing Cee Lo’s voice and what he’s capable of, a lot of people were saying that they would have loved to hear his version of the hit song. Well, Pharrell has heard it, and he told Howard Stern in an interview that it was much better than the already amazing track we hear on the radio now. But fate kept the song in Pharrell’s hands after Cee Lo’s record company decided against taking it.

“[Cee Lo Green] wanted to do it…and he did do it.
He burns my version! But, how do I say this diplomatically? The powers that be, at the time, did not see it fit for him…they elected not to do that song.”

Since it has become a number one hit and was even nominated for an Academy Award, some might think that Cee Lo would regret that he wasn’t able to hold on to the song. But while speaking to TMZ photogs, he told them that he’s more than happy for the success Pharrell has had with “Happy.”

When asked if he felt regret, the former Voice coach said, “No, no, no, not regret,” and that if he could turn back the hands of time, he would still have left things the way they are now. As for Pharrell saying Cee Lo’s version of “Happy” was best, Cee Lo doesn’t agree.

“I wouldn’t say that. He’s just being modest. But I appreciate that. I respect that. He’s a generous brother. I think karma is rewarding him, because he was all prepared to give all of that away. The fact that it has sold immensely well for him is very gratifying for both of us.”

No use for “shoulda, couldas, wouldas,” because these two can definitely head back into the studio to make another hit!

Check out his chat with photographers at LAX airport about the hit that was almost his and what he has going on musically this year.

On The Road To Happiness: How To Fall In Love With Your Life

April 11th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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You’re walking down the street on a beautiful Spring day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and a gentle breeze of sweet air is blowing through the trees. Everything is perfect in this moment, and you feel the magic of the Universe come alive.  But then, a thought pops into your head:  This is such an amazing moment, if only I had a boyfriend to share this with me.  And then, suddenly, your mood shifts.  You go from being happy and peaceful, to being sad and anxious.  What happened?

So often we focus our attention on the things we don’t have, rather than noticing and appreciating the things we do have. A lot of this has to do with our American culture, no doubt. Marketing has done a great job of convincing us that we are not really happy right now…that in order to experience *true* happiness, we must have whatever they are selling. Only then will you be truly happy, as if that *thing* is some magical key that unlocks your door of happiness.  They do this with cars, retirement accounts, technology, sex, drugs, and even love. When was the last time you saw an advertisement for a new dating site that promised you unlimited joy and happiness by finding the love of your life on their site?

We’ve become so accustomed to this, that we no longer even need outside marketers to remind us of our current unhappiness and need for something else. We now do it ourselves. Whenever we feel a moment of happiness, we quickly remind ourselves that we can’t possibly be truly happy because we don’t have a boyfriend yet, and the new iPhone just came out and we can’t afford it, and we have no plans for dinner tonight. And if only we had those things right now, *then* we would be truly happy.  But here’s the irony…you can never have it all. Because no matter what you have, there will be always more to get. Our Universe is infinitely abundant; there is always more to expand into and accept into our lives. So when do you have enough to just be happy right now?

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“I Had Nothing Else Left” Pharrell Tells Oprah How He Wrote “Happy” And Naming His Son Rocket

April 11th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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You know what they say, this is the year of Pharrell. Coming off of hits, like “Blurred Lines,” Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,”and of course “Happy,” he is doing it…in a very big way. So it only makes sense that he would sit down with Oprah for one of her telling interviews on “Oprah Prime.” In it, Pharrell discusses everything from his childhood experiences listening to Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder in the neighborhood to wanting to be the guy in the front when he first started producing.

Then things got personal as Pharrell described why he chose Helen Lasichanh to be his wife, how Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock partially inspired him to name his son Rocket, how he wrote “Happy” when he was completely out of ideas and how the universe conspired to make the achievements of his career possible.

Take a look at the highlights from the entire interview in this video below.

You can read and watch Pharrell speak about naming his son and writing “Happy” on the following page.

‘Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down’: A Very ‘Happy’ Pharrell Williams Is Killing It This Year!

March 24th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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I can’t tell which is more popular, Pharrell Williams or his ridiculous oversized Vivienne Westwood hat (it even has its own Twitter account!). But it seems like the multifaceted music maven’s face is splattered everywhere we turn! The ageless star, with a diverse and long-lasting career, has re-emerged onto the public eye with his contributions to Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines and, most recently, his hit single Happy.

“Life is good,” Pharrell said. Let’s take a look at how well 2014 has treated Pharrell so far!

Pharrell Williams Performs “Happy” At The Oscars With Help Of Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep And Amy Adams

March 2nd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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How can you listen to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and not want to at least bob your head or tap your feet? So infectious!

The Academy Award nominee for Best Song was the first to perform out of all the nominees in the category, and he had everyone up and moving in their ball gowns and suits during his performance of “Happy,” which is of course from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack.

Williams stepped out in his Vivienne Westwood hat and a track jacket and jeans to shake a leg or two with the crowd, including Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, who all danced with the producer and singer as he made his way through the front of the crowd of celebs. And can we talk about the dancing during the performance? Amazing! The background dancers were hitting the Nae Nae and showing off some moves I’m going to have to steal for my next club outing.

And did we mention that the song is number one on the Billboard Hot 100? It’s Pharrell’s first number one song as a lead performer. If Williams wins the Academy Award tonight, this will be yet another great year for one of our favorite producers.

But check out his performance below and share your thoughts (and also be sure to get up and dance a little!).

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