Positive Play/View/Read Lists

“After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ~ Philip Pullman

This is a scary time. I don’t know why we humans have to go through traumatic periods. It’s happened so many times throughout our existence. It’s sort of like some force, maybe it’s us, says, “You’ve become too complacent. It’s time to shake things up so you’ll grow.” I created this post to give encouragement, and maybe some entertainment that will give us some things to think about.

I’ve been reading The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit For Rewiring Your Mind by Pam Grout. It’s a book with one lesson a day that helps the reader practice letting go of old programing. It’s an appropriate book to be studying during this time of crisis. Since everything is topsy turvy we’re almost forced to take out all our attitudes and beliefs and examine them. After so many lessons, A Course in Miracles, and Pam Grout, have us do ten review lessons. She offered a play list to help her readers understand that day’s lesson in an inspiring way. Here is her list of songs below. I thought I’d share them because they are all feel good songs. And who couldn’t use some good feelings right now.  

Pam Grout’s play list:

“I Feel Good” by James Brown

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

“Celebrate” by Kool & the Gang

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

“Better When I’m Dancing” by Meghan Trainor

“Imagine” by John Lennon

“It’s a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

“Dancing Queen” by ABBA

“Living in the Moment” by Jason Mraz

“Shower the People With Love” by James Taylor

Pam’s positive playlist inspired me to suggest some feel good movies, TV shows, and books too. These are entertainment that I love to watch and even read over and over, especially when I need a little pick me up. These are only partial lists, but maybe they will help you seek out your own feel good movies, TV shows, and books. 

My feel good movies:

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

The Mountain Between Us

The Age of Adaline

Feast of Love

Arrival

The Man Who Went up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

Now Voyager

The Razor’s Edge

The Princess Bride

Young Frankenstein

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Man Who Invented Christmas

All the Star Treks

Cloud Atlas

Possession

The Star Wars saga

ET

Little Women

Moonstruck

 

My feel good TV shows:

Friends

Almost any Star Trek, particularly Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine

Cosmos and Cosmos: Possible Worlds

The Story Of God

Bones (Because of the development of the relationships.)

From Masterpiece Theatre, Downton Abbey, Grantchester, All the Jane Austen adaptations

Some of these feel good books are also on the movie list. That’s on purpose. I love watching a movie and then reading the book. It gives me a broader base of knowledge about the plot and characters. 

My feel good books:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Any LaVyrle Spencer book

The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Any Jane Austen novel

The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

The Princess Bride by William Goldman 

Now Voyager by Olive Higgins Prouty

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

The Dressmaker of Kahir Kahna by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Winter Solstice by Rosamun Pilcher

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

The Cadfael Series by Ellis Peters (This was also a Masterpiece Mystery series, but I like the books a lot better. Some of the screen writers did not honor the spirit of the books)

The Circle of Ceridwen Series by Octavia Randolph

I’m the kind of person who is always looking for ways to get out of ruts in thinking, feeling and behaving. I actively seek growth and change. If you’re not one of those people, then this time when routines are shattered might be extremely hard for you. I hope, though, that you can take a breath and take stock of not only your life, but of our society and see how changing yourself can make both better.

In any case, I hope my lists help you through this unusual and trying time.

Please share a song, movie, or book that help calm your nerves or make you feel better when you’re down. 

Thanks for reading. If you like what you’ve read, share it with someone. 

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2020

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.