Magic Choral Trick #236 Cheering Up

It’s that time of year – when those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are just barely hanging in there at the back end of what’s been a pretty tough winter. Wind and weather and multiple kinds of very nasty flu bugs have nearly worn us down.

So, for those of us not fixing this with a Florida vacation this year, there’s some stuff I know about cheering up, when the misery of it all seems to be socked in around you.

Put a pencil between your teeth right now. This forces the smile muscles to activate, which will tell your brain that you’re happy.

Sit still and ask yourself, “How do I know that I still have a right hand?” (Thank you Eckhart Tolle) Don’t look at the hand – just get a sense of it. You’ll notice a kind of amorphous zuzzing, and probably also feel your pulse. As long as you’re just sitting, noticing this sensation, you’ll feel pretty good.

Go for a walk.

Have a cup of tea. (Or hot chocolate. Or coffee. Two of my offspring become unbelievably perky and cheerful after the first cup of coffee)

Put a Jamieson Vitamin B12 strip on your tongue. Nice minty flavour, and acts as a breath freshener too! These come in packs like the ones for Listerine breath strips. Such a cheap way to cheer up quickly – and apparently none of us gets enough Vit B12, because it’s so difficult for our stomachs to absorb. With the strips – the B12 goes straight into the bloodstream.

Now – get yourself back to chorus rehearsal! If you’re too bummed out to drive, call someone to pick you up. We all have a better time when everyone shows up!

Focus on excellence all evening, enjoy the chords that really work, and by the end of the night you’ll feel much, much better. Absolutely guaranteed!


About janetkidd

I've been waving my arms in front of choirs now for more than 35 years - and these are descriptions of all the very best things I've learned. I direct a Women's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Men's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Med School choir, and for a few weeks each year - Big Choir (about 100 voices) - which performs at an annual fundraising concert. Hope at least some of these Choral Magic Tricks will be useful to you - and thanks for reading. Janet

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