What Makes You Happy? Sight? Smell? Sound?

Some things just fill you with instant joy.  Maybe it is the sight of your toddler sleeping. The memory of the first time you met your husband. The look on your wife's face when you surprise her with flowers. The smell of your puppy's milky breath.

Sometimes it may be something that seems innocuous...

One day I caught a whiff of something that gave me a visceral slap. it was this: 

The fragrance of this powder slams me back into my 5 year old self, kissing my great-grandmother, Nano's, powdery cheek.  

She was impossibly elegant. Very tall and lean, and always turned-out with full makeup, suits, perfect coif and jewelry. I remember going to their house, and drinking ice water out of those colored-aluminum glasses. 

Your sense of smell...your scent-memory, is one of the most powerful you have. Do you ever smell something and it instantly brings up a memory? That's why. 

And then there is sound. 


I hear the opening beat of this song...and Boogie Fever seizes me by my hypothetical 1970's wide lapels...and shakes me right out of my chair. Which is why director Mike Usher pulls it out every once in a while. 

He knows, as soon as I hear it, I am out of my chair, I am smiling, and I am tearing it up.  

In a few short seconds, he can wipe out my sleepy-surliness and have me dancing like Elaine on crack. 

The guys find it incredibly amusing. But, I just can't help it. 

I associate this song with happiness, even if I can't pinpoint why. Seriously, try to listen to this and stay seated. See? you can't do it either. 

Have a great weekend, and try to think of some things that fill you with joy! 


Photo credit: Vintage Coty Ad, Pinterest

LaDona Harvey

LaDona Harvey

La Dona Harvey is co-host of San Diego's Morning News on News Radio KOGO AM 600. Read more


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