Happiness Not Hysteria: 20/03/2020

Hello everyone and happy Friday. Here at The Hysteria Collective, we have decided to start a new weekly series to get us through this difficult time. With more and more people self-isolating, practising social distancing or just generally spending more time at home, we realise how isolating this can be and the constant onslaught of negative news isn’t helping. So welcome to the first in our series of Happiness, not Hysteria, we’ll be sharing what we are watching, what we are reading, what we are cooking and what we’re listening to as well as sharing some positive news stories. 

Happy News

  • Jimmabsolutvision-WYd_PkCa1BY-unsplashy- Dean Hudson, a 7-year-old from Westcliff, in Southend has been using his pocket money to deliver free toilet rolls to his elderly neighbours as panic-buying has seen some supermarket shelves emptied. Jimmy has said he wants to start
    delivering bread and milk next as well as supplies for paramedics… how sweet!
  • 27-year-old Danielle Morgan has become the first Ty Hafan Hospice patient to become a parent. When Danielle was born with a serious heart condition, her family was told to prepare for the worst but 27 years on she has given birth to a healthy, beautiful baby boy. Danielle has said that ‘it means the world’ to her, she had always wanted to be a mum but was warned it may be too stressful for her body… what a miracle!
  • Artist Andy Leek is best known for his posters spreading positive, motivational messages in cities around the world. In this latest project, his notes directly address NHS staff workers. Over 600 of the posters have appeared in staff rooms and breakout areas across the NHS… in a truly busy and scary time for our NHS heroes how amazing is this!

What We’re Watching.


Here are our top feel-good picks to binge if your self-isolating, social-distancing or finding that you have a bit more free time on your hands:

  • Gilmore Girls, Net

    flix– An easy watch comedy-drama. 32-year-old single mum, Lorelai, lives with her book-obsessed teenage daughter, Rory, in the tiny town of Stars Hollow. The series explores issues of family, romance, friendship and ambition along with generational and social class divides. Its praised by critics for its witty dialogue, and cross-generational appeal. Its defiantly one to watch, especially if you find yourself at home with your mum.

  • Sex Education, Netflix- If you haven’t seen this yet and binged it in about 3 days where have you been? Otis, a teenage boy with a sex therapist mother teams up
    with his high school classmate, Maeve, to start an underground sex clinic at school. The series has not only been praised for giving honest sex education in a comical way but for also dealing with issues such as sexual assault, LGBT+ relationships, abortion, feminism and equality in such an amazing way. 11/10 and deffo worth a binge.
  • Only Fools and Horses, Britbox- An Oldie but an absolute Goldie! Created and produced by John Sullivan in the 1980s, Only Fools and Horses tells the story of two brothers trying to rise above their council block lives through various schemes that ultimately fail. Predictable and hilarious and one for all the family!
  • Celebs go dating, Netflix and Channel 4- A reality dating series in which an exclusive dating agency attempts to match single celebrities with members of the public. Its cringe and brilliant all at the same time. The current series is available on 4OD and the previous series are on Netflix. Get binging people!
  • Stand Up 2 Cancer Celebrity Great British Bake Off, Channel 4- The celebrity version of the classic cult TV show is currently airing on channel 4 on a Tuesday at 8pm. Get watching and get donating. There is a great lineup of celebs this year who are doing all they can to raise funds for Stand Up To Cancer.

What We’re Reading


Here are our top picks of easy, feel-good reads for when you want to pick up a book and get lost for a while.

  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams- Carty-Williams’ luminous literary debut is a joy-filled painfully funny coming of age story set in modern Britain. Caught between the Jamaican British family who don’t seem to understand her, a job that’s not all it promised and a man she just can’t get over, Queenie’s life seems to be spiralling out of control. Desperately trying to navigate her way through a hot mess of shifting cultures and toxic relationships and emerge with a shred of dignity, her missteps and misadventures will have you roaring with laughter and crying tears of pity, sometimes on the same page! Tackling issues such as mental health, race, class and consent with a light and humorous touch, Queenie is definitely worth the read. 
  • The Lido by Libby Page- An uplifting novel about the importance of friendship, the value of community, and how ordinary people can protect the things they love. Rosemary, 86 and Kate 26, an unlikely pairing of dreamers, campaigners and outdoor swimmers who do everything they can to save their local Brixton lido. A story of friendship, loneliness and belonging and the importance of community in an increasingly disconnected world. Definitely, an easy uplifting read guaranteed to lift your mood in this tricky time!
  • The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary- Tiffy and Leon share a flat, they share a bed and they have never met… Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but its the perfect solution. Leon has the place by day whilst Tiffy is in Work and Tiffy has the flat by night. The will they, won’t they relationship of Tiffy and Leon forms the basis of this witty and charming gem of a story, it’s deliciously light and O’leary’s wonderfully uplifting debut is a joyous story of comic misunderstanding and endearing romance 

Recipes to Get You Cooking

If you fancy using this time to learn a handy new skill, why don’t you learn to cook? We’ll be sharing a sweet and savoury recipe to get you started. Here are our favourites at the moment…

Although the measurements may need converting, depending on how you work, this gooey chocolatey recipe is sure to fill any void in your life you may be feeling right now!
Pasta may be hard to come by in some supermarkets at the moment, bust lasagne sheets are still stocked up on most shelves, make the most of it and try this delicious twist on a classic.

Happy Thoughts To Get You Through

What We’re Listening to

Creative Prompts

For those of you that need a few pointers to get creative this week, we’ll be sharing some creative posts here and on our Facebook group ‘Not so Hysterical Collective’ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/242206763611335/) daily. 

  • Write a list of everything you’re thankful for.
  • Draw, photograph or write about your pets.
  • Write a mothers day poem.


We understand that this time may trigger anxiety, depression or feeling of isolation for many people so we are going to do our bit in the fight against mental health by sharing some helpful contacts should you need them. Please remember its okay not to be okay especially with all of this uncertainty.

  • Mind- 0300 123 3393
  • PAPYRUS- 0800 068 4141
  • SANE- 0300 304 7000
  • SAMARITANS- 116 123

All that is left to say is have a lovely week, stay safe, wash your hands and be kind. We’ll be back soon with more recommendations and happy news stories. For now, here are some funny pets to give you a giggle.

Lots of Love,

The Hysteria Collective x

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