Don’t Worry, Be Happy

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I love songs that encourages a state of mind that supersedes life’s circumstances and challenges. It’s amazing how music can alter a mood, lift spirits, and dramatically change one’s outlook on careers and life.

I had a conversation with a friend yesterday. I asked her whether she liked her job, in which she quickly replied: “I’m just happy I have a job!” She went on to explain how she used to complain and grumble due to her work conditions or overall dissatisfaction with her role, but in light of these tough economic times, she’s grown more grateful — more happy!

Sometimes it takes a gloomy time such as this, to trigger in us a different, fresher approach and perspective toward our jobs. It is also in these times — when funding is low, salaries are slashed, and hard-working people are given the pink slip — when innovative minds start to emerge and people become more creative, more intuitive, more resourceful, and more aggressive in turning negative outcomes into a positive one.

Growing up, I loved Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” which you’re probably listening to right now. If not, here are the lyrics:

Here is a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy……

Ain’t got no place to lay your head
Somebody came and took your bed
Don’t worry, be happy
The land lord say your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don’t worry, be happy
Look at me I am happy
Don’t worry, be happy
Here I give you my phone number
When you worry call me
I make you happy
Don’t worry, be happy
Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style
Ain’t got not girl to make you smile
But don’t worry be happy
Cause when you worry
Your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
So don’t worry, be happy (now)…..

Check out his video, featuring a very comical (and younger) Robin Williams:

Keep the Discussion Going

What’s it going to take for you to become more grateful for the job you currently have? What’s it going to take for you to become more excited about the journey you are on? The path to success isn’t paved with glitter and gold. Nor is it exempt of challenges, bumps and a few missed turns.

Keep that in mind as you continue on the journey to your success. And don’t forget to be happy, while forgoing the worry.

About the Author

Emily Brown is the key contributor and creator of, a blog that delivers articles and posts about job industry trends; plus motivational, retrospective stories about career exploration and discovering one’s passion. A journalist and former business reporter at Bloomberg News, her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and others. Emily lives and works in Washington, DC. She can easily be reached at Feel free to drop her a line to say “hello,” seek advice, suggest an opportunity or story idea, or provide news of your own.

Her work, including an article on personal branding, will be featured in the upcoming edition of PG Suite Magazine, a Washington, DC area lifestyle magazine.