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What does happiness mean to you?

By: Simone Castello
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Culture & Entertainment

What does happiness mean to you?

By: Simone Castello

Yesterday my coworkers and I stumbled across an Internet gem. Acclaimed singer/songwriter Pharrell Williams is currently breaking the WWW with a new video for his catchy song -- Happy! What's so different about this video, you ask? Well, click on this link and find out for yourself. Or I could just tell you. Aptly titled 24 Hours of Happy, this music video spans the course of an entire day. It is innovative and fun, and lets viewers interact with it in a way I haven't seen before. You can fast forward to different times in the day (or rewind), and the song never misses a beat. Plus, the hook is so catchy that you can't help but hum along, even after you've closed the browser. Here's how it goes: Because I’m happy Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof Because I’m happy Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth Because I’m happy Clap along if you know what happiness is to you Because I’m happy Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do I guess what I enjoy most about the lyrics is the simplicity. Williams is a songwriting genius, and yet he chose these words. What's even better are the vignettes in the video. They are moments of happiness manifested in different ways. Whether it's kids playing in a park, Williams shopping at a grocery store, or people dancing through the streets of New York, you can't help but smile while watching. At various points you'll see people humming and dancing to the song. In addition to Williams, there are cameos by people like Jimmy Kimmel, a trio of dancing grannies (see screengrab, below), and even little kids strutting with swagger in public spaces. Honestly, this video is all sorts of amazing. You can literally watch it non-stop for 24 hours! How cool! So, to add to your happy in addition to this gem, here are 35 pictures that prove the world isn't such a bad place. (I'd like to thank my coworker Alex Ward for sharing this with me first thing in the morning.) Finally, I'd like to ask: What does happiness mean to you? For me, in this moment, happiness is knowing that it's Friday and that I'll be able to sleep in tomorrow. (It's the small treats!)
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