#reverb 11: discover happiness

What is one thing that you discovered in 2011 that you use to make you happy even when you are having a bad day? A "Cookie moment" if you will. It can be a person, a song, a video, a book or something else completely!

My go-to cheer up, mellow out, get pumped out, almost all emotions, really is music. I wrote about what I loved this year when talking about joy and music on Days 8 & 9. I'm always discovering new music and falling in love with new albums or songs and artists. But when I'm really gloomy, or when I want to feel inspired, I'll put on my favorites like Jack Johnson, Ryan Adams, and I've been listening to a lot of early Coldplay lately. However, none of these are new discoveries for changing my mood. 

Guaranteed to make me smile, no matter what? 


MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON from Dean Fleischer-Camp on Vimeo.


Admittedly, I discovered this in late 2010 but I returned to it continuously in 2011 to make me smile. Michelle and I quote lines from it constantly. If you ever hear us say, "Compared to what !?!" You'll know now where it comes from. I cannot gush enough about this video or tell you how often it's made me laugh out loud or smile when I think back to a scene or line from it.

In November, creators Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate rolled out a new episode, which thrilled me to no end and I must have watched it 5 times that day.

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON, TWO from Dean Fleischer-Camp on Vimeo.

Since then, I've returned again and again to these videos. I think they're genius. Marcel is a mixture of sadness and hope; earnestness and humor. 

 Amanda Klein writes about Marcel's appeal. She says:

His size forces him to be inventive, to tinker with the objects he finds around him and put them to new uses. For example, my favorite bit in the entire series revolves around Marcel’s primary mode of transportation — a bug:

“If you do drive a bug you have to be pretty easy-going because you’re only going to get to go where the bug wants to go. One week there was a maple sugar syrup spill in the kitchen and every time I would ride the bug, no matter where I wanted to go, I would just end up back in the kitchen.”

Marcel just makes me smile. "It's worth it," he says at the end of the video. I'd have to agree.