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Cultivating Positivity: 5 feel-good media picks to boost your well being

These media picks will add some uplift to your day.

They say you are what you consume, so consume the good.

Studio 5 Producer Harlee Frodsham understands the power of media in shaping our thoughts and emotions. Her grandpa used to tell her that “the mind works with what it’s fed.” She shares her top five feel-good media picks that have the potential to transform not just what you watch or read, but who you are.


5 Feel-Good Media Picks

  1. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” – A Lesson in Radical Kindness

Harlee kicks off her list with the heartwarming documentary about Fred Rogers, the beloved creator of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” a 2018 documentary, explores Rogers’ life and beliefs. Harlee emphasizes how this documentary can inspire viewers to embrace love, kindness, and compassion, making it a must-watch for anyone seeking positivity. The documentary is available to watch on Netflix.

  1. “Man’s Search for Meaning” – Finding Purpose Amidst Adversity

Harlee recommends Viktor Frankl’s profound book, “Man’s Search for Meaning.” Despite its poignant portrayal of Frankl’s experiences in Auschwitz, the book offers a powerful message about finding meaning in life, even in the face of unimaginable adversity. Harlee highlights Frankl’s belief that having a purpose can help individuals endure any challenge or circumstance, making it an empowering read for those seeking resilience. You can find the book on Amazon.

  1. @madebynelson on Instagram – Spreading Joy Through Social Media

We spend a lot of time scrolling on our phones, so finding accounts that spread positivity is essential. Harlee introduces @madebyneslon, an Instagram account featuring retro-inspired graphics paired with uplifting messages. This simple yet delightful feed offers a burst of positivity, making it a perfect addition to your social media timeline. Find it here.

  1. “Increase Your Impact with Justin Su’a” Podcast – Daily Doses of Inspiration

Harlee recommends the “Increase Your Impact” podcast by Justin Su’a, a renowned mental performance coach. With episodes lasting just a few minutes, Su’a shares insights and prompts to help listeners set intentions, feel inspired, and gain direction in their lives. Harlee appreciates the podcast’s concise yet impactful messages, making it an ideal choice for daily motivation. Listen to it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

  1. “Abbott Elementary” – A Hilarious Appreciation of Teachers

Harlee introduces the TV show “Abbott Elementary,” a mockumentary-style series that humorously portrays the lives of teachers in a public school. Through its witty humor and exaggerated scenarios, the show offers viewers a chance to laugh while gaining a deeper appreciation for the dedication of educators. Watch the show on Hulu.

In a world filled with negativity, these media picks serve as a reminder that choosing positivity is a conscious decision. By being mindful of the content we consume, we can shape our thoughts, emotions, and ultimately, our lives. Embrace the power of positivity and let these feel-good picks guide you toward a more uplifting and inspiring existence.

More Book Recommendations

If you’re looking for more media inspiration, Harlee asked a group of people, “What is a book you’ve read that has made you a better person?” Here are the responses:

  • Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
  • The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
  • A Heart That Works by Rob Delaney
  • Good Morning Monster by Catherine Gildiner
  • Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
  • All About Love by Bell Hooks
  • How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen, Karen Dillon, & James Allworth
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • The Four Tendencies by Gretchin Rubin
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • Grit by Angela Duckworth
  • Mindset by Carol Dweck
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • The Power of Moments by Chip and Adam Heath
  • The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
  • The Power of Fun by Cathrine Price
  • The Happiness Hypothesis by Johnathan Haidt
  • Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • The Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute
  • The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller
  • The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray & Lara Love Hardin

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