Even though it’s been a couple of weeks since World Down Syndrome Day took place, we’re still totally enamored with this video. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it, you definitely want to take a few minutes out of your day to do so now.
But first, some background: The annual global awareness day, which started in 2012, does a great job of highlighting and bringing to the forefront many of the various issues people with Down syndrome face. It helps raise the voice of those living with the genetic condition as well as the people who live, work and interact with them.
Much of the work is centered around educating the world about the vital role people with Down syndrome play in our lives and communities, but it’s also about creating a place where everyone can share their experiences and show each other what Down syndrome means to different people.
The video above is part of that conversation: People with Down syndrome dance to the mega-hit “Happy” by Pharrell Williams for four minutes of light-hearted fun.
But beyond the entertainment factor, there’s something to be said about the message this video carries.It may mean different things to different people, but we want to throw this much out there: Regardless of where you are in life or which cards you’re dealt, two things that matter highly are attitude and compassion. The right attitude can make all the difference in your personal life, whereas compassion towards and from others can change the world around you.
Watch the video of people with Down syndrome dancing to ‘Happy’ and we can almost guarantee the rest of your day will be better for it.