Happiness Not Hysteria: 23/03/2020

Hello everyone and Happy Monday! Here at The Hysteria Collective, we have decided to start a new 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 third 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!

  • Father Hears Late Sons Heartbeat– John and Stephanie Reid’s son Dakota, 16, was killed in a car crash in 2019 and the family donated his organs. Now the recipient of his heart has thanked him in the sweetest way. Mr Reid’s emotional reaction to the gift was caught on camera by his wife.

How People Are Spreading Joy In Self Isolation– Coronavirus has certainly changed the way we interact with each other. Here is how people are spreading joy whislt self-isolation is happening all over the world.

What We’re Watching!

  • Reality Bites– A 1994 romantic comedy-drama written by Helen Childress and directed by Ben Stiller. The plot tells the story of Lelaina, played by Winona Ryder, an aspiring videographer working on a documentary called reality bites. The documentary is about the lives of her friends and roommates and the challenges faced by them as members of Generation X. Reality Bites is currently available to rent on Youtube for £2.49
  • Gavin and Stacey, Netflix- An absolute classic that is bound to give you a giggle and pick you up during these tricky times. If you have never seen it before it is very quotable, very funny, and very heartwarming. It follows the romance between Gavin, from Billericay in Essex and Stacey, from Barry, in South Wales. It tells the story of the key moments in their relationship, from their first meeting to getting married and trying for children. It is such a classic that deserves to be binged over and over again!
  • Feel Good, Channel 4- Stand-up comedian Mae is single, in recovery and stuck in a rut. But when she meets the previously heterosexual George, they embark on a whirlwind romance that promises to change their lives forever. The series is currently airing on Channel 4 on Wednesdays at 10 pm, all episodes are also available for streaming on 4OD

What We’re Reading!

Here at the Hysteria Collective, we have set up our own virtual book club! Each week a different member will be choosing a book! We will post on the page who is picking and they will comment what book to read! We will then have a post where reviews and comments can be shared. Books by female authors encouraged but not mandatory! The first book has been chosen by The Hysteria Collective’s founder and Editor, Imy Brighty-Potts. This week Imy has chosen ‘If Women Rose Rooted’ by Sharon Blackie! It is currently available on Amazon as a paperback or kindle edition, Happy Reading!

Recipes To Get You Cooking!

Here is a wonderful Chorizo Carbonara recipe that uses minimal ingredients for you to have a go at at home! It feeds four and is perfect if your on a budget.

Happy Thoughts To Get You Through!

Every day is a new day!

Carrie Underwood

Happiness is the best makeup!

Drew Barrymore

Be kind whenever possible, it is always possible!

Dalai Lama

What We’re Listening To!

After the sad passing of the iconic Kenny Rogers this weekend, we have added some of his classics to our playlist.

Creative Prompts!

  • Draw your pet with a human body! what would they wear? What would they be doing? Where would they be?
  • Turn one of the lasts text messages you sent into a short story!
  • Write a letter to your post-COVID19 self, write down what you were thankful for in this time and what you enjoyed doing so that you always remember that taking time for yourself is important.


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 it’s 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, stay productive, wash your hands and be kind. We’ll be back soon with more recommendations and happy news stories. For now, here is the pep talk that some of you may need this monday morning! I hope it makes you smile!

Lots of Love,

The Hysteria Collective x

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