What’s your happiest moment?

By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
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THERE’S always that one song on the radio you love listening to and don’t mind listening to a million times. While you are doing that, you might break into a dance while no one is around.

Well, for me that song would be ‘Happy’ written and produced by Pharell Williams. With its catchy beat and cheerful lyrics, I can’t imagine anyone not liking this song.

‘Happy’ reached the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the chart in other countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland and the United Kingdom.

The song was so contagious that a video last December featuring ordinary people in Los Angeles dancing to ‘Happy’ on the streets later had people all over the world from cities like Paris, Hong Kong, Belfast, Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Moscow, and Tunisia coming up with their own versions of the video.

Also jumping on the bandwagon was LowyatTV, inspired by the Romania-Bucharest version of the ‘Happy’ song featuring a video clip of happy Malaysians along with local artists such as Sharifah Armani, Iedil Putra Alauddin, DJ Stella Nutella and Kyoto Protocol.

The mood-lifting video showed Malaysians and local artists dancing through parks, alleyways, bridges, and on the streets and was so contagiously cheerful, it instantly gained 20k views in just 24 hours.

And let’s not forget how Pharell even got Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Lupita Nyong’o to dance along with him when he performed ‘Happy’ at the Oscars.

To spread the happiness around, this year Pharell teamed up with the United Nations Foundation to celebrate International Day of Happiness which falls on March 20th.

For this special occasion, Pharell urged the public to post a video of themselves on YouTube expressing their happiness to the tune of his famous song.

How did Pharell Williams and the United Nations get together?

Established by the United Nation General Assembly on 28 June 2012, the idea of having a day of happiness was inspired by Bhutan, a country considered to have the happiest citizens in the world. The joyful country also came up with the Gross National Happiness Index (GNH), an indicator designed to measure the quality of life or social progress which emphasise more on holistic and psychological aspect rather than economic and material wealth.

According to the UN, happiness is an essential human goal and economic growth plays a major role in promoting sustainable development and lessening poverty. UN also acknowledges that economic development must be accompanied by social and environmental wellbeing.

So, to commemorate the International Day of Happiness, we polled people and asked them to send in pictures of themselves and their happiest moments.

Cruising together

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“Hanging out with my friends is one of the things that make me feel I am at my happiest moments. Here are some pictures of me hanging out with my friends and classmates during college during college gathering and our visit to the Logos Ship few years back.”- Marshall Guyang, 25, Plant Operation

Cuz I’m Loving it

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“I am at my happiest when I managed to succeed in doing something ordinary with my own extraordinary way. But here are some of the happy lunch hour moment I shared with my friends before struggling to enter a whole new different world.” – Wahhaidah Anifah, 31, medical laboratory technologist

Party like rockstars

Happy - p6“One of my happiest moments was when my friends and I got to watch my boyfriend’s band; ‘Hevance’ performed at Hardrock Hotel Penang and won the rock category. We got to stay there for 3 days and partied like rockstars!!!” – Shirley Gibson, 28, administration worker.

Sunshine of my life

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“Happiest moment: Hanging out with friends. Friends are the sunshine of life. They shine and colour our life throughout the days.” – Elin Muweng, 26, operation assistant

We came as a team, we graduate as a team!

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“The picture was taken during graduation day of MLT students.This is one of the happiest moment as a university student. We came as a team, we graduated as a team!” – Mazriazie Mohamed Isa, 25, entrepreneur

My family is my life

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“After going through the ups and downs of life for almost 8 years, I managed to complete my studies and make everyone especially my family proud of my accomplishment. That was the the happiest moment of my life!” – Mohd Izzuddin Md Atan, 27, Halliburton Energy

It ain’t easy but I miss it!

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“This picture very means so much to me because here we were learned how to manage our project by ourselves and interacted with supervisor. Study is totally different from working and I really miss studying. Haah!!” – Mohammad Faiz Zainal Abidin, 25, Medical laboratory technologist

Ngap Sayot!

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“This picture definitely marked as one of the happiest moment of my life when Sarawak football team won 3-1 against Singapore team, Lions last week. No words could describe my happiness when my equally hardcore football fanatic cousins, coursemates and I together celebrated the victory of our football team!” – Babyanna Motey, 23, student

Jumping for joy!

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“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” So savour every moment in life and don’t forget to crack a smile! Happy International Happiness Day!- Edith Eryanti Martin, 23, student

In the spirit of happiness, what’s your happy moment?

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