Do You Wanna Be Happy? (The Secret Might Just Be Easier Than We Think)

Every day for the past two weeks, I’ve listened to one song on repeat: Kirk Franklin’s newest single, “Wanna Be Happy?”

If you’re tired of being the same
If you’re tired of things not changing
It’s time for you to get out the way
Don’t get stuck in how you feel
Say Jesus take the wheel
He knows the road that you need to take
(But it only works if)
If you wanna be happy
(Look at yourself and say)
Don’t you wanna be happy
I just wanna be happy

This song is SPEAKING to me because yes, I just wanna be happy. Sometimes it is just that simple.

Do you wanna be happy?

Sometimes it feels like life isn’t set up for all of us to experience happiness. It feels like we’ve got to fight for even a shed of happiness, and even then, the feeling is fleeting. But instead of fighting and clawing our way to happiness, maybe the real solution is to let go. Maybe the stress and the push and pull of trying to be happy is what’s keeping us from our joy.

Instead of trying to do more, let’s work on doing less.

Worrying less.

Complaining less.

Saying “yes” when we really mean “no” less.

Maybe, just maybe, that’s the key. Try it just for this week and let me know how it goes.


  1. I do agree that there are certain things that we need to stop doing to be happy. Like focusing to much on our problems (I am guilty of this) and worrying, and complaining like you mention. That’s why I think gratitude and positive self talk are so important. They allow us to be present but in a positive way.

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