What the musical ‘South Pacific’ can teach us about happiness

Category: Article or Blog Published: Tuesday, 08 September 2015 Written by Sarah PJ White

It’s hard to imagine that a movie about World War II and racial prejudice can teach us anything about happiness. However both the 1949 Broadway musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and the subsequent 1958 film, can teach us A LOT about it – and it boils down to one simple, quick song, sung by a character called ‘Bloody Mary’.

Happy Talk

The song I’m referring to is only about 1½ minutes long – but it’s the wording that has the real gold:

“Happy talk, keep talkin' happy talk,
Talk about things you'd like to do.
You got to have a dream,
If you don't have a dream,
How you gonna have a dream come true?”

(Happy Talk, lyrics from South Pacific sound track)

The importance of having a desire and wish

It reminds us of the key elements around having a dream or wish. It’s not enough to just have that desire, you need to talk about it and focus on it too. Having a desire is important to all of us – it gives us something to aim for. The song illustrates in simplistic terms, that we cannot change what we have, unless we have something different to aim for. It shows us that our personal happiness is in our own hands.

Our self talk

And this brings us onto the main part of making that desire a reality – the self talk. You have to keep talking about what you want in positive terms. You have to talk happiness, in order to be happy. It isn’t about what you have on the outside – it’s about what you have and feel on the inside that counts.

How we talk about our desires makes a difference. If we believe we CAN have what we want, we’ll be more likely to GET what we want. But it’s also about using positive wording around that desire too. Be happy and good to yourself and you’ll attract more happiness and goodness in to your life.

Implementation is important too

However being positive and talking positive ISN’T enough on its own. Why? Because you need to ACT on it too. Talking and thinking positive thoughts and using positive wording will NOT work on its own.  In order for any desire to become reality – whether you want a physical goal or to achieve a feeling of general happiness – you HAVE to act on those desires.

If you practice the art of talking happy, use positive language daily, believe in your desires AND act on them, you WILL achieve your goals. You’ll achieve happiness in your life NOW. More importantly, it will also change how you view the world – and this, in turn will make it go full circle – as it will also change your lives and your subsequent actions.

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