3 Reasons Why Happy Media is Better for Your Soul

edited dancingWe all (obviously) know there are an unlimited amount of movies in nearly an unlimited amount of genres. Viewers like variety. Viewers like to relate to the characters we see on the silver screen. And that makes sense. Not everyone wants to see a gorgeous nerdy girl get the guy all the time because that just doesn’t happen. On that note, no one wants to see a chubby man with glasses try to kill a foreign dictator in every movie either (also doesn’t happen, but I think this has more to do with people’s taste in movies). I just want to make it clear that I understand that sometimes we need to see a horribly tragic movie or listen to screamo music. All I’m saying, is I think listening to a little sugar pop and watching a happy ending will undoubtedly leave you happier and your soul feeling more fulfilled. Here’s why:

1. MY MOTHER TOLD ME SO. And really, when has your mother ever been wrong? I have never liked watching horror movies. Growing up my friends would watch them at sleepovers and I would just end up watching something with headphones on my phone, with a large pillow in front of my face. Some of my friends did not like this. When I confided in my mother about my dilemma, she told me that horror movies are bad for your soul. “Never feel like you have to fill your soul with darkness and gore,” she would say. “Life’s short. Fill it with laughter and happiness instead”. Come on, you all know that’s solid advice.

2. YOU ARE WHAT YOU LISTEN TO. Sort of like you are what you eat, but more profound. 😉 I have personally never met anyone who listens to all screamo music that isn’t at least a little bit depressed. On the other hand, I have never met anyone who listens to all Taylor Swift and isn’t generally happy.  Now I know there are many exceptions to this rule and not everyone fits into my stereotype. I just know that feeling I get after listening to an uplifting, upbeat, up-in-life, I-can-do-anything song makes my soul feel so much lighter than when I listen to a sad song with negative views on everything.

3. THE FIRST MOVING PICTURES HAD IT RIGHT. The first movies were, of course, silent. These films featured comedy by Charlie Chaplin and romance by Greta Garbo and were made simply to make the audience smile. People left the theater excited, smiling and laughing. Not shocked, scared, or crying. Let’s get back to basics people, because the feeling I had leaving the theater after the movie adaptation of the musical Hairspray was one of pure bliss and joy. We should all have that experience more.

Come on, be happy now!

Come on, be happy now!

Final note:

THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS TO EVERY RULE. You know it, I know it, the whole world knows it. Simple Plan’s sad song “Welcome to my Life” was good for the soul because sometimes you need to know you’re not alone. The tragic book-made-into-a-movie “My Sister’s Keeper” was good for the soul because sometimes you not only need to see that someone out there has it worse than you, but the love and dedication that always seem to accompany families going through a difficult time.

Although every rule has its exception, I stand by my general belief that people who listen to upbeat music and watch happy movies have lighter souls in the end.

What do you think? Do you know someone who listens to depressing music and is genuinely a happy person? Do you know someone who fits my mold? Let me know in the comments below. (Yes, it rhymes every time. It’s no longer exciting.)

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