Making Me Smile

What gives you bliss?

It’s okay to not be okay. It is. Everyone gets sad, angry or upset. It’s part of life. To get the highs you have to take the lows, the rough with the smooth and any other cliches that come to mind. – A rock and a– no, not that one. The important thing though is that you process these emotions and come out the other side. Sometimes though it takes a little more than that, sometimes you need a helping hand. Spending time with family, a hug from a friend or enjoying a comforting piece of entertainment that can lift your mood. There’s always something that is guaranteed to put a smile on my face no matter how low I’m feeling and in this article I’m going to list a few of them. Things that I can’t help but smile at even on a dark day.


Despicable Me

The Minions have become something of a joke online with the endless meme’s of them “Supporting Our Troops” and all of that. However, ever since I was first convinced to watch their cinematic debut in Despicable Me – I was rather reluctant at first, I must admit – The silly fools have never failed to cheer me up. The scene where Gru assembles the minions for a meeting is a brilliant introduction to them. Watching them panic, rush around, mimic the gurgling noise the water cooler makes; it’s childish, ridiculous and frankly hilarious. The franchise built around them is no cinematic masterpiece, I’d never argue that they were but I’m willing to die on the hill of their hilarity. Despite their second career as Meme material.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

I’ve been trying to write a review of sorts for Brooklyn Nine-Nine for a while now and I’ve struggled to find a way to breakdown how I feel about it, the how’s and why’s of it that make it work. I’m going to keep trying to write that more in-depth article about the show but the simple truth is this; Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of the best comedies around, perhaps one of the best ever. Watching the detective squad of the Ninety Ninth precinct of the NYPD has helped get me through my recent break-up. There’s so much I love about the series but the cherry on top of the cake is the Halloween episodes. The battle of wits, hilarious hairbrained schemes and outlandish events that take place in an attempt to win a bet is simply a joy to watch.

Jake Peralta Mid-Halloween Scheme


Shows Returning After A Long Absence

Frankly, having to wait for shows to make a return is painful. It’s painful for me waiting for Season 5 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine to arrive on Netflix so that I can finally watch it. It’s painful for just about everyone having to wait for the final season of Game of Thrones. Sometimes the wait is only a year and sometimes it is a lot longer. For Fairy Tail the wait has been a lot longer, the anime went on hiatus back in March 2016 whilst they waited for the manga it is based on to get ahead again. It only just returned a few short weeks ago. I absolutely love Fairy Tail, a show all about the Magic Guild of the same name and the Wizards who are a part of it. It pushes my emotional buttons brilliantly, making me laugh and making me cry, it’s a brilliant show to watch. Having it back feels great, one moment in particular from Episode 282 (the 5th episode of the most recent season) really sums up how I feel about it. Natsu says “It’s been way too long since Fairy Tail’s strongest team kicked some butts.” I couldn’t agree more as the grin on my face would’ve told anyone who looked at me.

Erza, Gray, Lucy & Natsu – Fairy Tail’s Strongest Team


So, that’s a few of the things that make me smile. What gives you bliss? Let me know in the comments!

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Adam is a Writer, Editor & Podcaster here at Out of Lives. He casts a wide net across popular culture with video games & anime, in particular, featuring heavily in his work for the site. Hailing from a town just outside Glasgow, this Scotsman can usually be found roaming the Northern Realms on The Path or behind the wheel of a Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle-Car.
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