What Does DWBH Mean?

DWBH means "Don't Worry Be Happy." The abbreviation DWBH is a way of telling someone to stop focusing on what's wrong with their life and to see the positives instead. The phrase can also be used ironically, especially towards a person whose attitude to things might be a bit haphazard. For example:
  • His whole attitude towards getting travel insurance before his holiday was "Don't worry. Be happy." I just hope he doesn't have an accident.
Interestingly, the phrase was originally coined by Meher Baba, an Indian spiritual master born in 1894. The song "Don't Worry Be Happy" was a hit for Bobby McFerrin in 1988.

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When I write DWBH, I mean this: meaning of DWBH DWBH means you should stop worrying about what's wrong with life and enjoy the positives instead.

Summary of Key Points

"Don't Worry Be Happy" is the most common definition for DWBH on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Don't Worry Be Happy
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of DWBH in Sentences

Here are examples of DWBH being used in conversations:
  • Sarah: This will blow our holiday budget.
  • Maria: Relax, DWBH, we've earned this.
  • Ryan: Do you know what he said when I told him his house was burnt to a crisp?
  • Joe: Let me guess, DWBH?
  • Ryan: Spot on!

An Academic Look at DWBH

DWBH is typically used as an imperative (i.e., an order) and is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Dee Dublyu Bee Aich), but as this is harder to say than "Don't worry, be happy," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation DWBH is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "Cheer up! It could be worse" instead of DWBH.

Example of DWBH Used in a Text


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