JENNIFER BALLERINI

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Hamilton Nerdery



YOU GUYS, THE ORIGINAL CAST OF HAMILTON REUNITED VIA ZOOM TO HELP A LITTLE GIRL FROM JACKSONVILLE [extremely Jason from The Good Place voice: "Duuuuuval!!!"] WHO MISSED HER CHANCE TO SEE THE SHOW!!!! AM I STILL SHOUTING?!? Oh, sorry. So, this is in no way related to clinical psychology, but it is cool. Enjoy!

Ode to Joy

Over the Rainbow

Joy Is Contagious

I just saw this lovely video set to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy." It's a commercial (naturally!), but it's still quite touching. As a musician, I've often turned to music to feel grounded, to feel calm, to express myself, and to feel good — playing music just makes me happy.

Things are very unsettled in our world right now and we're all feeling that — the anxiety is contagious. So, I wanted to take a moment to share something lovely that put a smile on my face, in the hopes it will do that for you, too.

Remember as you go through this challenging time to breathe, to exercise, to meditate, to talk to loved ones, to acknowledge your worries, and also to laugh, to play, to seek things that bring you calm, connection, love, safety, and joy.


I Get Mean Because I Love You

Dr. Sue Johnson shared this fabulous song by Edie Brickell with us when she was in Davis last month. I just love how the song and the great illustrations explain the experience of the angry pursuer in relationships, how behind the anger there is so much sadness, loneliness, and longing for connection. Wanting that closeness but being too afraid to ask vulnerably for your needs to be met is such a painful, hard place to be in ... and such a trap for this little mouse.

Edie Brickell, “I Get Mean.”