Lessons in Finding Happiness During Hard Times

In the short list of songs that have brought the world joy, you’d be hard-pressed to top the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun,” with its lilting melody and deeply hopeful lyrics (“the smiles returning to the faces”; “I feel that ice is slowly melting”).

No wonder that hospitals played it repeatedly over their public-address systems this spring as an auditory balm in some of the most stress-filled, soul-scorching places on the planet: the intensive care units overflowing with COVID-19 patients struggling to stay alive.

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