Don’t Worry, Be Happy

by Vickie Johnston, Owner and Founder, H2O Health

Remember the old 1988 hit song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”? The catchy tune was a one hit wonder for songwriter/singer Bobby McFerrin.

Not only was it his sole No. 1 hit, it was his only song to make the Top 100 Chart in his career. 1988 was also the first year a computer- related virus spread extensively across the internet. It affected around 15,000 computers in 15 hours, which back then was most of the internet.

Another interesting thing that came out in 1988 was the antidepressant Prozac. Today some 40 million people take Prozac, putting it in the top 25 drugs prescribed in the U.S. People worry today like never before and are looking for help to overcome it.

Have things changed that much since 1988? They have, and yet 1988 doesn’t seem like that long ago for most of us.

Since then, there have been so many changes that cause us excessive, nonstop worry. It’s harder than ever to avoid stress and worry. Currently there are nearly 5 billion users on the internet. With so much information swirling around us today, it’s no wonder people worry.

I think McFerrin got it right. One of the lines from the song says: “In life we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double.”

Worrying doesn’t change anything. All it does is rob us of our sleep and peace of mind. I know it’s easier said than done, but if you make your mind go someplace else, it will.

The mind sees in pictures, so my No. 1 method to stop worrying is to go back to a place in my life that was relaxing and restful, like a vacation or when you first dated your spouse or love of your life, or maybe the first time you saw your child or grandchild’s sweet little face.

Make your mind go back to a better day. See those pictures in your mind or better yet dig out the old pics and sit and reflect back on better days. Make your thoughts go where you can find a restful place. We can’t control all the craziness in the world but we can control “our” world!

Don’t let the noise all around us today distract you from taking care of yourself and your world Be happy, don’t worry!