Feeling a little stressed? Got the Monday blues, or that down-in-the-dumps sensation that tends to sneak up when you thought it was Thursday, but it’s really only Wednesday?
Maybe you’ve tried a few creative home remedies. Ice cream comes to mind, followed closely by online shopping sprees and extended TV binges of timeless pop hits like “Lost” or “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
Unfortunately, those things often produce unwanted side effects. Negative consequences may include unwanted weight gain, sugar spikes, dry eye, insomnia, negative bank account balances and the like.
What you need is a pick-me-up that’s absolutely free and fairly straightforward. Because let’s face it, most of us would rather avoid running eight miles just to achieve a mood boost.
So here’s an idea: dancing.
Sir Charles the cockatiel can tell you all about dancing. In fact, if he could actually speak in full sentences, Sir Charles might explain that dancing has been lifting spirits for centuries.
The Better Health Channel actually explains it on Sir Charles’ behalf. They provide a helpful article which mentions that dancing is a fun way to stay more physically fit.
In fact, this article lists all kinds of benefits associated with dancing. They include increased self-confidence, enhanced psychological well-being, even better social skills.
That last one brings us right back to Sir Charles again. Because his owner recently posted a video of this funky fowl’s daily dancing ritual, and it’s become a social media sensation.
The Sir Charles cha-cha of choice? It seems to be a simplified version of beat-boxing.
You know about beat-boxing, right? It’s basically a form of vocal percussion, where a person imitates electronic drum sounds using their teeth, lips and tongue.
For Sir Charles’ big internet debut, his female owner held him up to a mirror. Then she dropped a catchy vocal hip-hop beat, and that bird got down without delay.
Of course, Sir Charles really only has one signature dance move. Watching him groove intently, you might call it something like “bob-bob-bob-bob-bob.”
The funny part is that Sir Charles will only boogie when his owner is making those bona fide beat-box sounds. When she pauses, he goes instantly still and looks vaguely ticked off.
His owner confirms that we’re definitely not seeing things. Sir Charles “gets very offended when I stop,” she says, according to Viral Hog.
You might decide that watching Sir Charles rhythmically bob and weave actually boosts your spirits all by itself. But hey, don’t hesitate to sway and sashay right along.
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