Happiness Not Hysteria: 07/04/2020

Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday! 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 sixth 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. I hope it makes you smile!

Happy News

Worldwide Teddy Bear Hunt Distracts Children During Lockdown- An international teddy bear hunt is under way around the world to help distract the millions of children locked down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Teddy’s are being placed in windows to give children a fun activity while walking around their neighbourhood with parents. The hunt is undoubtedly inspired by the children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, written by Michael Rosen. Teddies have been spotted around the world, including in the UK and US. The Editorial Team at the Hysteria Collective are also joining in. Here is Imy and Amy’s Teddies!

Paramedic ‘Emotional’ As Stranger Buys Food Shop- People queuing outside Lidl in Cromer, Norfolk, made way for David Tillyer, a registered paramedic who had just finished a night shift – “with applause and thank-yous”. He said a woman who “ran up and swiped her card” as he went to pay told him: “Not much you can do to stop me”. His thank-you on Facebook has been shared 78,000 times. See it below!

When 76 Strangers Sing You Happy Birthday- A lot of things are cancelled right now, but birthdays are not! One woman in Los Angeles surprised her fiance for his birthday by organising a mass sing-along in their apartment building!

What We’re Watching!

Friday Night Dinner, Channel 4/ Netflix- The titular mealtime is anything but normal for brothers Adam and Jonny Goodman, siblings in an eccentric Jewish family who return home each week for Friday night dinner. They’re always pranking each other, whilst father Martin likes to stroll around shirtless and collect science magazines and mum Jackie is obsessed with MasterChef and tries her best to inject an air of normalcy into the insanity that always ensues. And of course, supper just wouldn’t be the same without an appearance from Jim, and his dog, the creepy neighbour whose frequent visits elevate him to ‘stalker’ status. Its a quotable classic and definitely worth a watch. Seasons 1-4 are available on Netflix, and season 6 is currently airing on Channel 4 at 10pm on Friday nights.

Gogglebox, Channel 4- Britains wittiest, funniest and quick-witted arm chair critics share their hilarious but sometimes emotional critiques of the weeks biggest and best TV shows. It always guarantees a laugh and is just complete genius. Catch it on Channel 4 at 9pm on a Friday.

Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Roadtrip, ITV- Taking in the sights and culinary delights of America and Mexico, the trio’s antics will include bank-busting burgers, dune buggy racing, goat yoga, spear fishing, cowboy capers, fine wines and wild wrestling.The first episode finds the trio in Tijuana, Mexico where they kick things off by trying to find ‘The Best Breakfast in the World’. it’s undoubtedly highly entertaining with the three big characters going head to head challenging each other to do different tasks in each destination. Currently Airing on ITV at 9pm on Thursday nights.

What We’re Reading!

Here at the Hysteria Collective, we have set up a virtual book club! Every two weeks 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 next book has been chosen by Emma Joanne . This week Emma chose The Five by Hallie Rubenhold! Discussions will begin on the facebook group  in around a weeks time (follow link below) . If you haven’t started the book yet, don’t worry read at your own pace and comment on the discussion at any time.  is available at many online book stores.https://www.facebook.com/groups/1090564371311173/?notif_id=1584922751305902&notif_t=group_r2j_approved

What We’re Cooking!

I can imagine that many of us are missing our pizza fix during this lockdown, but fear not, Jamie Oliver is here to show you how to make your own deep pan pizza. The recipe only uses one pan and is completely adaptable to your own favourite flavours.

What We’re Listening To!

Creative Prompts and Competitions!

Letters From Lockdown- Everyday we are in lockdown, The Hysteria Collective are going to publish a 400-500 word letter from one of our writers, to someone, something, or just a letter to yourself. Sign up will be below and you may sign up for two slots, but they cannot be on consecutive days. Letters must be in pending on our website by 5pm so they can be published by 7pm. These can be positive, emotional, whatever. The ball is in our creators court. We would love to include drawings and photos in them too. Please sign up here to get involved and comment if you have any questions. We hope this will be a really broad and fulfilling project.


A Long Time But a Short Story: An Isolation Short Story Competition!

This week, just like our previous competitions, we’re going to be holding a short story competition that will be judged by our editorial team! We’re not experts in story writing but we’d love to see you share your work. So, email us a story that is no more than 1000 words, with Isolation Short Story in the subject. All work must be entirely yours and not published elsewhere! All entrants will have their work put on The Hysteria Collective website and the winner will feature in our newsletter, and on our instagram!Pass this on to any friends who may also be keen to enter!Send all submissions to thehysteriacollective@gmail.com by 7pm on Sunday 12th April. Pass this on to any friends who may also be keen to enter!

Send all submissions to thehysteriacollective@gmail.com by 7pm on Friday 3rd April.

Isolation Photography Competition: The Winner

Congratulations to our photography competition winner Hope Shaw! Her photography is below and will be going up on our website! All other entrants will also be posted on our website! We had some really beautiful entrants and our Editors were definitely smiling!

Hope writes: ‘I have been spending my time on the phone constantly and trying to maintain my mental health through self-care. This image is inspired by pin-up photography.’


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 brilliant week (theres only 3 days left), stay safe, stay home, stay productive, wash your hands and be kind. We’ll be back soon with more recommendations and happy news stories. For now, here is one family’s hilarious lockdown adaption of ‘One Day More’ from Les Miserables.

Lots of Love and Smiles,

The Hysteria Collective xxx

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