Israel’s Happy At The UN

Everybody likes Pharrell Williams’ song Happy. Maybe that’s because everyone likes being happy. But probably also because the song really rocks. It’s Pharrell’s voice, tripping ever so lightly over the notes with that bit of jazzy blues. It hits just the right tone and the swing of that beat? Well, it’s addictive.

Happy screenshot

That’s why everyone, all over the world, is out shooting clips of random people being happy to Happy and jamming to the cool and mild rhythms of Williams’ big hit. Israelis are no exception to the rule and why should they be? The 11th happiest country is getting happier all the time, according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics which states that 88% of Israelis are happy with their lives compared to just 83% in 2002.

So maybe you were surprised that Pharrell Williams picked an Israeli clip of Happy to be aired at the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness, on March 20, but here at Israellycool, we took the news in stride. Williams, who has won 7 Grammy Awards for his rapping and recordings, got together with the UN Foundation to pick out the top 80 covers of Happy to be streamed on the ‘Net throughout the day.  There were reportedly 800 youtube clips to choose from, with the Happy Tel-Aviv-Yafo clip the only Israeli video chosen for the event.

The homegrown clip was produced by Israel21C and at the time of this writing has over 225,000 views. When you watch it, you’ll see why. You won’t be able to sit still. You’ll have to jump up out of your seat and move to the groove.

You may want to add this to your “favorites” playlist.


About Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 34 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids, raising her 12 children, and noshing constantly on fried food

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    A recent visitor (who is not Jewish) marveled that Israelis sing and dance in the streets, whether to musical accompaniment or not.

    • IronyDome

      While watching the opening ceremonies to the Sochi Olympics, I noticed that the 5 Israeli athletes were smiling and jumping up and down waving their flags and looked happier than just about everyone else despite only having 5 athletes and knowing that had little chance of winning any medals. Israel is surrounded by bloodthirsty terrorists and regimes who want to destroy it, and yet still Israelis are among the happiest people in the world and always find time to smile, sing, and dance. What an amazing country.

      And meanwhile, Americans are ridiculously UNhappy despite living in safety and being the richest, most prosperous, and (formerly) freest country in the world.

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