July Playlist

After a much too long a hiatus from blogging, here’s a playlist of the music that I’ve been listening to the most this past month. It’s been strange, as the lazy summer vibe coincides with a stressful, busy, and productive semester at school. My music similarly seemed to alternate between carefree youthful summer anthems and heavier, more stoic tunes.

Track Listing:

  1. Elastic Heart (ft. the Weeknd & Diplo) – Sia
  2. Boom Clap – Charli XCX
  3. Global Concepts – Robert DeLong
  4. Don’t Wait – Mapei
  5. Pumpin Blood – NONONO
  6. Breezeblocks – alt-J
  7. I See Fire – Ed Sheeran
  8. The Wire – HAIM
  9. You & Me ft. Eliza Doolittle (Flume Remix) – Disclosure
  10. All About that Bass – Meghan Trainor
  11. Hurricane – Ms Mr
  12. Shower – Becky G
  13. Riptide – Vance Joy
  14. Cool Kids – Echosmith
  15. Dollhouse – Melanie Martinez

#100HappyDays: A Personal Reflection

On June 21st, I completed the #100happydays challenge on Instagram. Above all else, this challenge proved to me how quickly 100 days can pass. On the whole, there were certain key observations I made of my posts, and what made me happiest. While a lot of these are pretty obvious (name me one person who’s mood isn’t improved by good weather, food, and friends), it was great to recognize the positivity they brought, all the same.

The weather. I feel like this is one of the most underestimated stimuli we encounter on a daily basis. I’ve always identified as the person to love stormy weather– which is easy to do when you spend the majority of the day indoors like in high school. In college however, when you’re trekking across campus in all kinds of weather at all hours of the day, it becomes easy to appreciate a glorious sunny day and moderate temperature. Similarly, it was more difficult to come up with something to post for 100 Happy Days when I was stuck inside for too many hours, so I know that for this upcoming semester I need to make it a point to spend more time outdoors for a mood boost.

Food. Anyone that followed my 100 Happy Days posts on Instagram knows that I posted food a lot. Probably a little too much. Sorrynotsorry. Eating and making good food is great, but I found myself using it as a failsafe if I couldn’t think of anything else “happy” to post for the day. As much as we all love food, I think it’s also a warranted reminder to not use food to cure moments of boredom.

Good company. The posts that were genuinely “happy” were the ones with friends and family– which, I know, seems obvious. But it comes as a good reminder that the company you keep has an incredible impact on you overall mood and general positivity. Even as a self-identified introvert, I realized it was important to remind myself to open up to my closest family and friends, because of the moral and emotional support needed to get through difficult situations and decisions.

For anyone else who’s considering starting the #100HappyDays challenge, I would definitely recommend it. There are some days that it feels pointless, and some days where you end up cheating by using pictures from days past. But on the whole, the experience is great because it forces you to think positive on a consistent, daily basis. One of my favorite blogs, Wait but Why, illustrated beautifully the importance of thinking of happiness and contentment not as “broad brush strokes” of a colorful image, but instead as a single pixel. (Life is a Picture, But You Live in a Pixel) After all, it’s the day by day tedium, the little moments of happiness in each day that make for lasting happiness. Now that I’m back in school, I can use my 100 Happy Days experience to improve my mood on days I feel down, and hopefully make for a productive, successful, and happy semester.

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India Playlist

Amidst the cacophony and hustle and bustle, the moments that I really felt I was soaking up my surroundings during my travels was in the back seat of the car with the local radio station playing. These are not necessarily the most current songs of the moment, but they are what formed the acoustic scenery of my visit to India.

Track Listing:

  1. London Thumakada – from the movie Queen
  2. Chandelier – Sia
  3. Retrograde – James Blake
  4. Nagada Sang Dol – from the movie Goliyon ki Ras Leela: Ram-Leela
  5. Islands – The xx
  6. Kabira – from the movie Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
  7. Sunn Raha Hai Na Tu – from the movie Aashiqui 2
  8. Leave Your Lover – Sam Smith
  9. Bounce – Iggy Azalea
  10. Baby Doll – from the movie Ragini MMS
  11. Magic – Coldplay
  12. Tumhi Ho Bandhu – from the movie Cocktail
  13. Stay High (Habits Remix) – Tove Lo
  14. Hookah Bar – from the movie Khiladi 786
  15. Summer – Calvin Harris

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