Check out the UN's International Day of Happiness Song Playlist Curated By You
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It’s Friday — the weekend is here. Are you feeling happy? Well, it is International Day of Happiness, as declared by the United Nations. Yes, the United Nations, so if you got out of the wrong side of the bed or your coffee maker crapped out on your this morning, then the UN’s #HappySoundsLike playlist might just be what you need to brighten your mood and join the global feel-good day.
The UN asked the public to "nominate a song that brings a smile to your face, and demonstrate your solidarity with people around the globe facing tough challenges."
The resulting playlist, streaming for free today with the support of MixRadio, includes Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” Jackie Wilson’s “Higher & Higher” (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me),” Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Women Part 1,” Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” and Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody).”
Some well-known names also weighed in and their picks are listed on the site:
Britney Spears chose Prince’s “Kiss;” Cody Simpson, Lou Bega’s “Mambo No.5;” James Blunt, fun.’s “We Are Young;” Michael Douglas, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” by James Baskett; Fatboy Slim, The Isley Brothers’ “Harvest For The World;” Yo Yo Ma, “Prelude from Bach Suite No. 1” by Pablo Casals; Lang Lang, John Legend’s “Made To Love” and Mr. Legend picked Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.”
According to the UN web site, “The International Day of Happiness was established in 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate unity and call on the international community to recognize the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples.
“The UN recognises happiness as a fundamental human goal, an inherent aspiration that lies at the core of every person around the world. On International Day of Happiness, the UN invites everyone to play a role in raising public awareness of the aspirations of all human beings to be happy.”
In addition to English, the same playlist is also available on Italian, French, Russian, Spanish, Hindi, Arabic and Chinese web site pages.
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