Jonathan Foust

December 16, 2008

Happy for No Reason, Part IV

Filed under: Humor, Video — jonathanfoust @ 8:03 am

If you liked the original Bobbie McFerrin version of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and are a sucker for cute animal shots, then this one is definitely for you.



  1. Jonathan,

    I love your blog. These cloying videos, however, seem like the usual fodder for our futile pursuit of happiness through distraction, sensation, and sentimentality. Far from being happy for no reason, these clips feed our need for an unending supply of external reasons.

    I prefer not to import happiness but to export it, to radiate it! To truly be unreasonably happy, do not seek situations that may make one happy. Choose, instead, to be happy and bring that way of being to your circumstances. Each of us has infectious emotions; let’s choose to be carriers of calm and joy.

    Every experience is entirely within ourselves anyway. Why not start there?

    Comment by Tony Mayo — December 23, 2008 @ 10:06 am

    • Awesome and thoughtful comment! Thank you. I love the word ‘cloying’ and indeed, this clip is a bit on the sticky side.

      I’m intrigued, though, at how we access happiness. I once helped develop a seven day retreat called “The Art of Joyful Living.” We expected to have participants show up to do happy yoga, dance, improv, writing and other creative, fun expressions. Instead, about 60 pretty depressed people showed up! Needless to say, there was a pretty dramatic curriculum change. I was stunningly naive in my expectation and enriched through the experience.

      When I heard Tsoknyi Rimpoche challenge me to be ‘Happy for No Reason’ it struck me as a deeply radical act. Since then I’m curious as to how I / we can generate that sense of well-being.

      The shadow side of wanting to be happy is to jump into premature transcendence or as you say, look externally for superficial little external hits we can mainline.

      On the other hand, when I see and feel someone genuinely and unselfconsciously happy, I’m touched, moved and inspired. Observing and more importantly feeling one of ‘the immeasurable states’ manifest in another has the potential to transform me and reminds me of my own true nature.

      I appreciate your reminder to look within rather than fall prey to the trance of thinking it’s outside us.

      Comment by jonathanfoust — December 23, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

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