Make happiness cool again

Make happiness cool again


“When being happy was cool.”

It’s a simple five-word comment that I recently came across on YouTube about a video of young people club dancing in the 1980s.

The dancers do, indeed, look happy, with colorful clothes, fun haircuts, and self-confident smiles.

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There is a lot of cultural and spiritual meaning in those words. There was a time in America when it was cool to be happy. Conservatives such as William F. Buckley, Pat Buchanan, Phyllis Schlafly, and Ronald Reagan insisted on being “happy warriors,” while the Left complained about how miserable everything was living in the awful United States. One of the most popular songs of the 1980s was “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

What is needed is a new, invigorating use of our happiness

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