You don’t need me to tell you that the world is in some trying times. You also don’t need me to tell you that even before the dark days of 2020 many peoples all over the world were already facing some form of crisis.

But this year in particular, I’m finding unusually significant solace in romance books and wholesome TV. Maybe it’s a byproduct of getting older and seeing/experiencing more of the unpleasant (lol understatement) things the world has to offer, but HEAs (Happily Ever Afters) have never proved their worth so convincingly as they do right now.

Sometimes it’s not the point that life is difficult right now, because things could just as swiftly and suddenly turn a corner. Even if they’re unrealistic — as romances are so often described — HEAs bring about a happier, more optimistic state of mind. One that reminds us to count our blessings, be grateful for those who love us, and that there’s always a way to work through our challenges.



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