Do you get a lift when you see a bluebird? I do. Do you remember the blue bird from Disney’s song Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah? Who can remember that song without breaking a smile – “Mr. Bluebird’s on my shoulder.”

Remember the line from the song “Over the Rainbow” – “Somewhere over the Rainbow/Bluebirds fly”

Isn’t it quite a coincidence that Twitter’s logo is literally a “blue bird”?

 Twitter, a world phenomenon that arguably changed the life of millions of people.

Whether intentional or not, picking the blue bird as their logo was a stroke of genius. Turns out the bluebird as a symbol of happiness dates back thousands of years and exists across many cultures.

The phrase “bluebird of happiness” was originally coined by playwright Maurice Maeterlinck in his 1908 play “The Blue Bird” and has since entered the popular lexicon. In the United States, September 24 is National Bluebird of Happiness Day.

From Wikipedia:

The symbol of a bluebird as the harbinger of happiness is found in many cultures and may date back thousands of years. One of the oldest examples (found on oracle bone inscriptions of the Shang Dynasty, 1766-1122 BC) is from pre-modern China, where a blue bird (qingniao) was the messenger bird of Xi Wangmu, the ‘Queen Mother of the West’ who began life as a fearsome goddess and Immortal.

By the Tang Dynasty (618-906 AD) she had evolved into a Daoist fairy queen and the protector/patron of “singing girls, dead women, novices, nuns, adepts and priestesses…women [who] stood outside the roles prescribed for women in the traditional Chinese family”. Depictions of Xi Wangmu often include a bird—the birds in the earliest depictions are difficult to identify, and by the Tang Dynasty, most of the birds appear in a circle, often with three legs, as a symbol of the sun.

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