Happiness Fix: Watching Susan Boyle's Performance on YouTube

Happiness Fix: Watching Susan Boyle's Performance on YouTube

Happiness Fix: Watching Susan Boyle's Performance on YouTube

How to be happier.
April 20 2009 6:06 AM

Happiness Fix: Watching Susan Boyle's Performance on YouTube

I was at dinner on Saturday night, and three people—very different from one another—told me that the minute I got home, I had to watch the clip showing contestant Susan Boyle’s appearance on Britain's Got Talent (the British version of American Idol ).

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"I got tears in my eyes." "I watched it five times." "I e-mailed all my friends to tell them to watch."

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I know, I’m a little late posting about this—a thoughtful reader had e-mailed me the link, and I’d seen the clip mentioned many times on Twitter and elsewhere, but I hadn’t yet bothered to take a look myself.

I think it’s more fun to be surprised, so I’m not going to describe what happens—other than to say that it has made a lot of people happy. According to Visible Measures, Boyle’s performance has been viewed more than 47 million times.

I can’t embed the clip, but you can watch it here .

As I watched, I had a nagging thought: that this ugly-duckling-to-swan transformation had been orchestrated by the makers of the show. Then I thought—well, I don't really care. If people love it, and are exhilarated by it, then accept the happiness.

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