Operation Gratitude and 168 Songs That Put You In A Good Mood


About Black Friday…


Last year, my daughter Amanda decided to join the hoards of people on Black Friday. While she got some awesome deals and *really* helped me in the process, the night took a lot out of her. She braved the stores again this year. This time, she took friends with her so they could tag team. I’m sure she got some good deals. One thing I personally find sad though is how Black Friday is becoming Black Thanksgiving. Black Friday is one thing but when stores announce they will open as early as 8:00pm on Thanksgiving Day, it takes away from the meaning of Thanksgiving: To Give THANKS. I feel this takes commercialism to a whole new level. On the other hand… stores do make shopping this day enticing and you can save quite a bit of money. I can’t help but wonder though…What if everyone took this time to sit and send positive energy out into the world. Imagine if everyone did this at the same time. What a positive impact this would have for all of us. Now, that is a gift! This season is about giving thanks and I hope you take time to give thanks and make a difference in the lives of others every day of the year!


There are so many organizations and individuals selflessly giving their time, talents, money and much needed items. One organization making a difference around the world is Job’s Daughters International in California. This https://www.tandyelisala.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/operation_gratitude1-300x200.jpgquality girls’ youth group and their adult advisers started CAJD Operation Gratitude this month and they are on their way to sending 10,000 care packages. Operation Gratitude seeks to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages to men and women overseas. Care packages are sent to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines deployed in harms way, to their children left behind, and to Wounded Warriors recuperating in Transition Units. Operation Gratitude care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support. The Battalion Buddy packages are given to each child at their parent’s pre-deployment farewell event so the child has something to hug and hold while their Mom or Dad is away.  You can check out their facebook page here. I know they would appreciate all help.


Another organization making a difference is “Project Service: Changing The World One Hour At A Time.” Lindsey Hardison was moved to create this organization which challenges individuals to change the world by volunteering just one hour of their time to provide a service of their choosing to a recipient of their choosing. People pledge who and how they are going to serve, post this information on Project Service facebook page and report back to everyone with a post sharing what they did and how their volunteerism impacted the recipient. The minimum goal is to have at least one person from each of the fifty states step up and serve and then each will invite a friend to do the same. In a month’s time, Lindsey has engaged partners in different countries! That’s powerful. Lindsey believes we can change the world one hour at a time. I believe her. For more information, look up “Project Service: Changing The World” on facebook to connect with this worthy organization.


This week, Southwest Airlines, along with BP and amazing volunteers, donated a plane, fuel, staff and time to relocate over 60 cats and dogs orphaned from Hurricane Sandy.


There are countless people making a difference in others’ lives every single day. I hope this creates a spark in you to get involved in some way. If you or someone you know is making a difference, please let me know. I’d love to highlight these stories in future newsletters.


Lastly, knowing the holidays can be stressful, I have two lists to share with you. The first list contains 100 songs compiled by the folks at Gather Essentials to put you in a good mood. The second list contains 68 carefully selected songs I compiled to help put you in a good mood. ’68 was a good year.  May a song or two inspire you to sing out loud or dance like nobody is watching. You will learn a lot about me as you review my, well, diverse list. Enjoy!


100 Songs to Put You in a Better Mood


1.    Video – India Arie
2.    American Pie – Don McLean
https://www.tandyelisala.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Good_Vibrations_single-300x300.jpg3.    Single Ladies – Beyonce
4.    Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
5.    Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
6.    I Got You Babe – Sonny and Cher
7.    I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
8.    Kodachrome – Paul Simon
9.    Good friend and a Glass of wine – Leann Rimes
10.    My Girl – The Temptations
11.    Bubbly – Colbie Callait
12.    Jumpin’ Jack Flash – Rolling Stones
13.    Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
14.    Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version
15.    Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
16.    I’m a Survivor – Reba McEntire
17.    Life is a Highway – Tom Cochrane
18.    It’s a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
19.    Love Shack – The B52s
20.    Motown Philly – Boyz II Men
21.    Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
22.    In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
23.    American Girl – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
24.    Last Name – Carrie Underwood
25.    Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
26.    Miss Independent – Kelly Clarkson
27.    Unbreakable – Alicia Keys
28.    I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff
29.    9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
30.    Life – Desree
31.    LaLa – Ashlee Simpson
32.    Happy Girl – Martina McBride
33.    I’m a Believer – The Monkees
34.    Express Yourself – Madonna
35.    Carolina in my Mind – James Taylor
36.    Do You Believe in Magic? – Lovin’ Spoonful
37.    Wonderwall – Oasis
38.    I Found My Everything – Mary J. Blige
39.    Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney
40.    Strawberry Fields – The Beatles
41.    Glamorous – Fergie
42.    Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
43.    You are my Sunshine – Anne Murray
44.    Survivor – Destiny’s Child
45.    The End of The World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – REM
46.    Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson
47.    Alive – P.O.D.
48.    Hey Girl – O.A.R.
49.    Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
50.    Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
51.    The Longest Time – Billy Joel
52.    Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
53.    Take Me There – Blackstreet & Mya
54.    Circus – Britney Spears
55.    Beautiful Day – U2
56.    All Star – Smash Mouth
57.    All Right Now – Free
58.    Lady (You Bring Me Up) – The Commodores
59.    Groove is in the Heart – Deee-Lite
60.    I Love to Boogie – T-Rex
61.    Red Dirt Road – Brooks & Dunn
62.    We are the Champions – Queen
63.    I Love You More Today than Yesterday – Spiral Staircase
64.    Shooting Star – Bad Company
65.    Bottle it Up – Sara Bareilles
66.    Something Tells Me (I’m into Something Good) – Herman’s Hermits
67.    That’s What I Love About Sunday – Craig Morgan
68.    Take On Me – Aha
69.    Boys of Summer – Don Henley
70.    Crocodile Rock – Elton John
71.    Dancing in the Street – Martha & The Vandellas
72.    Happy Together – The Turtles
73.    Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
74.    Saturday Night – Bay City Rollers
75.    Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
76.    You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
77.    Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
78.    Seven Bridges Road – Eagles
79.    The Glory of Love – Peter Cetera
80.    I Can’t Fight this Feeling – REO Speedwagon
81.    I Want to Know What Love Is – Foreigner
82.    500 Miles – The Proclaimers
83.    It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
84.    Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters
85.    I Like It, I Love It – Tim McGraw
86.    I’m Alright – Kenny Loggins
87.    Mint Car – The Cure
88.    No Rain – Blind Melon
89.    Joy to the World – Three Dog night
90.    Just What I Needed – The Cars
91.    Walk of Life – Dire Straits
92.    Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
93.    Two Princes – Spin Doctors
94.    Mr. Blue Sky – ELO
95.    The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
96.    It’s My Life – No Doubt
97.    What a Feeling – Irene Cara
98.    Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
99.    Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede
100.  Imagine – John Lennon




Tandy’s list of 68 songs to put you in a good mood, put a smile on your face or inspire you to sing and dance


1. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
2. Fireworks – Katy Perry
3. Smile – Glee remake of Charlie Chaplin’s song
4. Lean on me – Bill Withers
5.  Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
6. Let it be – The Beatles
7. Electric Avenue:- Eddy Grant
8. Halo – Beyonce
9. Dancing Queen – ABBA
10. Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)  – Marcia Griffiths
11. You sexy thing – Hot Chocolate
12. Earl – Dixie Chicks
13. Empire state of mind – Alicia Keys and JayZ
14. Strong Enough – Matthew West
15. Your grace is enough – Chris Tomlin
16. I’m every woman – Whitney Houston
17. Heartbreaker – Pat Benatar
18. Fighter – Christina Aguilera
19. Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
20. Throw me a line – Carrie Newcomer
21. Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
22. Twist and Shout – Beatles
23. We are Family – Sister Sledge
24. Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
25. Brick House – Commodors
26. Just the Way you Are – Bruno Mars
27. Macarana …Los Dos Rio
28. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – Will Smith
29. Just the 2 of Us – Will Smith
30. The Promise – When in Rome
31. Pump it up – Elvis Costello and the Attraction
32. Seasons of Love – Cast of Rent
33. Tomorrow – Original Broadway Cast
34. Respect – Aretha Franklin
35. Let’s get it on – Marvin Gaye
36. I love Rock and Roll – Joan Jet and the Blackhearts
37. Livin’ on a prayer – Bon Jovi
38. Just Dance – Lady Gaga
39. Song Hit Mix – NKOTBSB
40. Fight Like A Girl – Bomshel
41. Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson
42. Mr. Know it all – Kelly Clarkson
43. Dog Days are over – Florence and the Machine
44. Star Spangled Banner – Whitney Houston
45. Rapper’s Delight – Sugar Hill Gang
46. Everybody – Back Street Boys
47. You are the one that I want – From the movie Grease (John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John)
48. Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
49. Celebration – Kool and the Gang
50. The way you look tonight – Frank Sinatra
51. Footloose – Kenny Loggins
52. YMCA – Village People
53. Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
54. I gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
55. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
56. Cha Cha Slide – Mr C The Slide Man
57. Party on the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
58. Born this way – Lady Gaga
59. Get down tonight – KC and the Sunshine Band
60. I will survive – Gloria Gaynor
61. We will rock you – Queen
62. Push It – Salt N Pepa
63. Cupid Shuffle – Cupid
64. Think Good Thoughts – Colbie Caillat
65. The Prayer – Chloe
66. Bad Day – Daniel Powter
67. Graduation – The Blue Beat Band
68. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – Kelly Clarkson


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Tandy Elisala

Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer at Center for Inspiring Greatness
Tandy Elisala is passionate about bringing hope and wholehearted living to people going through cancer and their caregivers. Tandy went through cancer four times and learned how to heal using conventional, complementary, and alternative therapy. She left her 23-year corporate career to take care of both parents simultaneously for 2 ½ years. She now teaches what she learned on her journey and how to thrive during and after cancer using the true sources of health and healing: hope and mindset, spiritual connection, relationships, alignment and mind, body healing. Tandy is a multiple best-selling author, radio show host, mother of three grown kids and her precious dog, Roxy. Learn more about Tandy at www.tandyelisala.com.

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