There are days when we would get so overwhelmed with our responsibilities, that we couldn't help but lose sight of the big picture and everything that matters.
That's why it's important that we don't give in to negativity! Here's a list of songs that brighten up our moods and help us reasses our situations.
(Flashbox screencap from Five for Fighting's "100 Years" courtesy of YouTube, screencap of Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger [What Doesn't Kill You]" courtesy of YouTube, and Sara Bareilles's "Uncharted" courtesy of YouTube.)
1. "UNCHARTED" by Sara Bareilles (2010)
Inspiring lines: "Jumpstart my kaleidoscope heart, I love to watch the colors fade / They may not make sense but they sure as hell made me / I won't go as a passenger no, waiting for the road to be laid / Oh I may be going down, I'll take in flame over burning out"
This song is about doing what you love, without letting pressure get in the way of your personal growth.
2. "DREAM BIG" by Emily Shackelton (2007)
Inspiring lines: "If you don't dream big, what's the use in dreaming?/ If you don't have faith there's nothing worth believing / Here's a chance we've all been searching for, so reach out for something more"
Are you afraid to dream big? Listen to this song, and you'll be inspired to have the heart to explore your opportunities and to pursue them. This is the original version of the song David Cook sang on the finale of American Idol Season 7.
3. "100 YEARS" by Five for Fighting (2003)
Inspiring lines: "Half time goes by, suddenly you're wise / Another blink of an eye, sixty seven is gone / The sun is gettig high, we're moving on"
This song reminds us to make very moment count, and to seize the day by doing the things that what we love.
4. "LITTLE WONDERS" by Rob Thomas (2007)
Inspiring lines: "Let your clarity define you / In the end, you will only just remember how it feels"
In our pursuit of success, we come across different kinds of challenges that test our will. From the soundtrack of the movie Meet the Robinsons, this uplifting song inspires you to rise above those challenges and to "keep moving forward."
5. "UNWRITTEN" by Natasha Beddingfield (2004)
Inspiring lines: "No one else can speak the words on your lips / Drench yourself in words unspoken / Live your life with arms wide open / Today is where your book begins / The rest is still unwritten"
If you're feeling insecure or unhappy with your life, you might want to try playing this bubbly song for a quick fix, as it reminds you that you're special and you're in control of your life.
6. "WAITING OUTSIDE THE LINES" by Greyson Chance (2010)
Inspiring lines: "It's time for you to seize the day / Instead of just sitting around and looking down on tomorrow / You gotta get your feet off the ground / The time is now"
At the young age of 14, this boy already knows better than waiting around for the best time to start living his life to the full. Encouraging us to follow his lead, Greyson sings about making the most out of our lives.
7. "SAY WHAT YOU NEED TO SAY" by John Mayer (2007)
Inspiing lines: "Have no fear for givin' in / Have no fear for givin' over / You better know that in the end, it's better to say too much / Than to never say what you need to say again"
We often hold ourselves back from saying things that we want to say for fear of making a fool out of ourselves. In this song, John Mayer encourages us to learn how to open up and to accept our imperfections.
8. "STRONGER (WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU" by Kelly Clarkson (2011)
Inspiring lines: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger / stand a little taller, doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone"
If you're going through a tough time and you're feeling too helpless to find your way out, this empowering song by Kelly Clarkson might just help you pull yourself together. This song is a good reminder that things will eventually get better.
9. "GOOD LIFE" by One Republic (2011)
Inspiring lines: "I'm taking a mental picture of you now / 'Cause hopelessly / The hope is we have so much to feel good about"
During our hectic days, we get so preoccupied with our workloads that we miss out on the many things we should be grateful for. This song by One Republic inspires you to rekindle your sense of wonder and to start appreciating the things around you.
10. "ORDINARY PEOPLE" by John Legend (2004)
Inspiring lines: "I know I misbehaved, and you made your mistakes / And we both still got room left to grow / And we both still got room to grow"
With the frenetic pace of our daily lives, we tend to compromise our relationships with the people we care about in hopes that they'd always be there to understand. This song reminds us to put our relationships first and to always make time for our loved ones.