Happiness Is A Thing Called Dance

If you ask a lot of people what makes them happy, you will get a lot of different answers. Sometimes happiness is like the elusive dream we are all trying to catch.  But if you ask a dancer what happiness is, 9 times out of 10, they are going to say the same thing, “dancing makes me happy.”  Yes, dance is a psychological aphrodisiac and sometimes euphoric experience for the mind, body, and spirit. It awakens our senses, makes us feel alive and keeps us physically fit. And, dancing has been proven to be an occurrence that makes us happy both as a participant and as a viewer.

Actually, you can equate happiness as a long-term goal – as you would a career in professional ballroom dancing. If we forgo instant gratification and start looking at the big picture, we know through living that being happy comes from us first and radiates outwardly from our life’s experiences and attitude. The same thing can be said for dance, the more we give ourselves to dance, the closer we get to our goals which could eventually make us very happy. So, if dance is our passion, especially pertaining to dancesport which requires hard work and diligence, the payoff is we begin to own it and it naturally breeds happiness!

People who naturally partake in things they like to do have proven to be smarter, more

productive, healthier and of course, happier. There is no test to prove that one person is happier than another but there is a sense of gratitude that we can embrace which focuses less on what happiness is and more on how happiness can be increased and last throughout our lives. Being grateful and doing what we love to do can go hand in hand with happiness. And speaking of hand in hand, coming off the dance floor with your partner, knowing you both did well at a competition can sure make us happy. Going one step further and making us even happier, would be winning first place in the competition!

Extensive research in human nature rates “happiness” as one of the most important life goals in the world. To a dancer that has worked his entire life being involved in dancesport competitions and winning a scholarship, may say; “this is the happiest day of his life.” We can easily see in this example how hard work, stress, anxiety, and perfection played into a “happy” moment in life. Even trauma and adversity in life can still make one sliver of hope a happy moment.

We can be happier in life if we actively work at it. We can become better ballroom dancers if we practice. We can learn happiness skills just like we can learn dance moves. Our daily activities and the choices we make have a lot to do with being happy and concurrently, being a great dancer. People who are happy are more likely to succeed in life. They often have many good relationships and better health.

Do you know that most people return to their level of happiness, regardless of what happens to them? Even if you slipped and fell at a competition, or had a fight with your partner, it can one day lead to a happy moment, really!  How that works is, a memory of a bad time could one day make you

laugh in hindsight, it could be funny now. Funny and laughing are by-products of happiness, engage in them often.   We all have bad things happen to us from one time to another. That’s how life works. The good news is, there is always another chance, another job, another time, another hour and another competition. Happier days are always around the corner!

Happy dancing,

Thought Of The Week:

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance  – Eckhart Tolle



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website https://slowmotiondancevideos.com/