dance mallYou really can dance the blues away, something actress Angela Trimbur definitely believes: In her "Dance Like Nobody's Watching" YouTube videos, Trimbur films herself unabashedly busting a move in a series of public places -- the mall, a laundromat. And she looks pretty dang happy (as do many of the surprised onlookers).

Dance as a mood-booster isn't just a theory, though:

Studies have shown that dancing can significantly lower levels of stress hormones and depression.

Why? Well, there are a few key factors -- endorphins play a part, and the focus required to dance is thought to interrupt negative thought patterns. Plus there's the "letting go" aspect ... the loss of self-consciousness and inhibition. Like nobody's watching.

I guess it's not surprising that the original "dance like nobody's watching" quote is actually a line from a poem by author William W. Purkey, which essentially reads like a recipe for life-long happiness:

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”

Watch this video and tell me ...

Does Angela Trimbur look depressed to you?

Do you ever dance like nobody's watching? Does it make you happy?

 

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