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- The Little Prince- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. A lovely book all round. It really does make you realise how trivial most things are, and it also has great illustrations, which is always a plus.
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. A tale of a community coming together through literature and baking.
- To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee. A novel that promotes tolerance and love. It may not be happy throughout, but it’s heartwarming nonetheless.
- Pnin- Vladimir Nabokov. You may find yourself laughing at Pnin rather than with him, but oh well. Nabokov is a fantastic writer, and his language is so comforting: “…two lumpy old ladies in semitransparent raincoats, like potatoes in cellophane…”
- Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen. Or anything by Austen, really. It’ll make you feel all cosy inside. Just thinking about it, I think I’ll schedule a re-read.
- As will something you read as a child. Try and read The Very Hungry Caterpillar without smiling.
- The Bucket List. There’s something about Morgan Freeman that makes you feel as if God is personally addressing you. I don’t think you can possibly watch this film without wanting to get off your bum and do something.
- The Shawshank Redemption. I promise this’ll be the last Morgan Freeman film on the list…
- Shrek. You know it makes sense.
- (500) Days of Summer. A great love story that may not end the way you hoped, but still has a happy ending.
- The Change-Up. Just one of those Hangover-esque films to make you laugh.
- Get outside and find nature. Or just pay attention to what beautiful things are already around you.
- Put on the radio and dance around. Or do a few stretches. I have a yoga mat in my room to facilitate de-tensing after sitting at my desk too long.
- Make a cuppa. Then sit down and enjoy it in a comfy chair. Go on. I have “yogi teas” which have lovely little messages on them.