What songs make you feel good about the future and exercise your emotional intelligence (EQ)?
In the EQ-i model, Optimism refers to your ability and tendency to look at the brighter side of life and to maintain a positive attitude even in the face of adversity. Optimism gives us hope and faith while it enables us to see the future as a positive, inviting place.
My Optimism Playlist is varied—some of its songs bask in the glow of the future’s bright light while others urge an embrace of faith and hope to survive a world full of toil and pain. Optimism comes in many forms. Click the album graphic to hear the song.
This classic by Irving Berlin has been giving people nice thoughts about the future for almost 100 years. My favorite version is by another music legend, Willie Nelson. “Blue skies smiling at me. Nothing but blue skies do I see. Blue birds singing a song. Nothing but blue skies from now on.”
The brilliant career of Van Morrison has given us a steady stream of great music about pain, insanity, despair and spiritual questing. An optimistic gem nestled within this body of work is this upbeat song from 1979.
Number 1 hit, 1972. “It’s gonna be a bright, bright, sunshiny day.”
Like fellow Irishman Van Morrison, U2 take a pretty unflinching and gritty view of life and the future. This terrific song, however, urges us not to ignore life’s struggles and pain, but while enduring them, remember to notice and embrace life’s joys. “It’s a beautiful day—don’t let it get away.”
In this great song from the early 1990’s, Sir Paul brings his distinctive sound to hope, faith and optimism. “We live in hope of deliverance from the darkness that surrounds us.”
This late-career classic from the Boss is less about the brightness of tomorrow than it is the faith in the grace and redemption that await us all. Itself a loving homage to Curtis Mayfield’s spiritually optimistic “People Get Ready”, Springsteen has never been better than this.
A beautiful Neil Young song with tight Crosby, Stills and Nash harmonies—four old friends looking at the future with nothing but love and peace on the horizon.
Great song—a funky, groovy plea to be positive and embrace the future.
What’s on your EQ iPod?