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Because we're happy

Happiness

Over 8 million fans can't be wrong!

It all began when participants in a Ryman Triple A exercise class discovered they loved performing to Pharrell Williams' hit song Happy.

So the Ryman team mobilised to film residents and staff at our Diana Isaac Retirement Village in their own version of the international hit song with 79-year-old Alistair Leckie in the starring role.

The video was posted on YouTube and has now been viewed more than 8 million times. Among the fans of the video was Pharrell Williams himself, who tweeted his encouragement for our village stars.

Since then, residents from two of our other villages have answered the call to become YouTube stars, with Edmund Hillary residents strutting their stuff to Saturday Night Fever and Julia Wallace residents Shaking It Off to Taylor Swift.

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