Increase Your HQ (Happiness Quotient)
Here in New York we’ve had a pretty brutal winter along with equally hard economic news.So we’ve been listening to music that bolsters our spirits.
How about you?
Two character strengths that can help uplift us are VITALITY, which includes zest, vigor and energy, and HUMOR or playfulness.
Vitality is defined in “Character Strengths and Virtues”(Peterson and Seligman) as
“the subjective experience of energy and aliveness”; it has both physical and psychological connotations.”
Humor is described there as
“a composed and cheerful view on adversity that allows one to see its light side and thereby sustain a good mood.”
It might seem strange to choose the “St Louis Blues” to illustrate zest and humor in music, but humor us and read on. As Josh says, “It’s all in the interpretation.”
Listen to the sample on the audio and tell us if you agree with him.
Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton made this recording in 1954. On the audio, along with the music, Josh makes some comments to help you get full enjoyment of the samples we have chosen for you.
Suggestion: Make a habit of listening daily to at least one piece of music that makes you smile and move. Add your favorite pieces to the Comments section below.
To hear the audio via streaming:
If you’d like to get a recording of the 1954 version, you can find it on Louis Armstrong and his All Stars:
“Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy,” Columbia CK 64925