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33 Happy Movies to Light Up Your Heart

33 Happy Movies Seeing The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and Still Alice in swift succession left me emotionally exhausted from all the pain and suffering I took in.  I'm a highly sensitive person.  The ambiance of a movie can linger in my mind and heart for days.

These dramatic stories are extremely important.  They tell the truth and remind us of the suffering in our world.  They offer us an opportunity to learn, to grow, and to practice compassion.  They remind us to do whatever we can to alleviate suffering - large or small acts all make a difference.

At the same time, I don't think it's good to constantly dwell on suffering.  Doing so will only bring you down and could eventually effect your health too.

Goodness also abounds in this world.  The more joy you feel, the more joy you will exude.  You'll naturally uplift others when you have a positive heart.  So why not tap into some happiness and amplify your joy?

I needed a little happy break after those intense movies, so I asked my friends on Facebook to recommend their favorite "happy" movie.   They enthusiastically shared the following titles, which of course I wanted to share with you.

Proviso:  These movies aren't completely devoid of difficult or sad moments.  Usually, there's a bit of emotional mileage to travel through before getting to the happy ending.  But they're a pleasant break from hardcore drama.

  1. Up
  2. The 100 Foot Journey
  3. Zoom
  4. Fried Green Tomatoes (Oops! A few people say this one is depressing.)
  5. Austenland
  6. So I Married An Axe Murderer
  7. The Wizard of Speed and Time (YouTube) - This one is a bit speedy!
  8. Little Miss Sunshine
  9. Harold and Maude
  10. The Enchanted April
  11. Pretty Woman
  12. Herbie the Love Bug
  13. Sweet Home Alabama
  14. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
  15. Living Is Easy With Your Eyes Closed
  16. Hector and the Search for Happiness
  17. Don Juan de Marco
  18. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  19. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  20. A Year in Tuscany
  21. Babette's Fest
  22. Pauline and Paulette
  23. Boyhood
  24. Stardust
  25. The Princess Bride
  26. The Last Mimsey
  27. Princess and the Frog
  28. McFarland USA
  29. Happy-Go-Lucky
  30. 15 Candles
  31. Mona Lisa Smiling
  32. Mama Mia
  33. Calendar Girls

20 New Additions

  1. Court Jester
  2. You’ve Got Mail
  3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  4. Any Muppet movie
  5. The Holiday
  6. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse
  7. Paul
  8. Christmas Vacation
  9. Mrs. Doubtfire
  10. What about Bob?
  11. Despicable Me 2
  12. The Longest Ride
  13. Rudy
  14. Flirting with Disaster
  15. Tootsie
  16. Splash
  17. Steel Magnolias
  18. Some Like it Hot
  19. Groundhog Day
  20. Four Weddings and a Funeral

What happy movies do you recommend?

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