Dolly Parton says that when she begins to worry about the events of 2020, she prays.
During an interview, Parton says “I try not to fret and worry, that’s where prayer comes in with me. When things get bad, I pray. When they get worse, I pray harder,” she continues. “What else can you do?”
Love And Compassion Come Naturally For Dolly Parton
Having written over 3,000 songs, many of which are love songs, Parton says that she’s always been a compassionate person.
“It’s not hard for me to write a love song because I’m just full of love,” says Parton. “I’m a very passionate person. I’m a hopeless romantic,” Parton continues. “All the songs I write, even from my little childhood sweethearts – that love is just as real honest as grown-up love because you can only love as much as your little heart can hold, or your big heart can hold.”
Parton says that she finds inspiration for love songs from her own relationships, the relationships of people she knows, and even television shows. With songs including, “I Will Always Love You,” “Love Is Like a Butterfly,” “I Know You’re Married But I Still Love You,” and “Jolene,” Parton captures the good, the bad, and the always passionate sides of love.
Parton Says The Secret To Happiness Is “Botox”
Always decked out in jewels, fancy outfits, and full makeup, Dolly says that people frequently comment on her seemingly ceaseless positivity.
“People always say, ‘ You seem to be so happy,'” says Parton. “And I say, ‘Well that’s the botox,'” Parton says while laughing. “…But in a way, it’s kinda like a mental botox,” continues Parton. “You have to work at being happy…I try my best, when I’m unhappy, to see what I can do to feel better.”
We can all take a note from Dolly and look for our own mental botox as we closeout 2020.