Help me lift a friend's spirits
September 24, 2008 12:09 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for ways to brighten a friend's day(s), using mostly the internet and also my cellphone. Quirky videos. Funny one liners that are only a text message away. Inspirational and moving pieces need apply. Anything goes here, as long as it is tasteful. This is for someone in her early thirties who is going through a rough patch in her life. Thank you.
posted by captainsohler to Human Relations (15 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
Just found this site today and it lifted my spirits.
posted by silkygreenbelly at 12:14 PM on September 24, 2008 [1 favorite]

The most uplifting thing I've found on the net so far:
Where the hell is Matt?
posted by MrVisible at 12:15 PM on September 24, 2008 [2 favorites]

Mr. Nice cheers me up every time.
posted by vytae at 12:27 PM on September 24, 2008

This is totally going to brighten my day too.

Don't forget the art of a good simple joke, guys.

much appreciated.
posted by captainsohler at 12:36 PM on September 24, 2008

posted by nitsuj at 12:47 PM on September 24, 2008 always gives me a little cheer.
posted by Iteki at 12:52 PM on September 24, 2008

I love McSweeney's Lists
A A cute cat brightens everyone's day
and who doesn't love to get a postcard from your mom?
posted by katyjack at 12:54 PM on September 24, 2008

A friend, who I rarely get to see, texted me "smile!" a while back. It was enough to brighten my day.
A few days later he texted, "keep on smiling!" and that totally made me laugh and feel happier.
Over the next few weeks he would randomly text a really short smile phrase (did you smile today, are you smiling, I'm smiling, etc.) and it definitely lifted my spirits.

What made it extra awesome though was that I was not in a bad part of my life. I was actually quite content, the text messages just made everything better.
posted by simplethings at 12:58 PM on September 24, 2008

Ze Frank's Collection of Videos that Will Make You Feel Better.

Also, songs for when you're anxious, or scared.
posted by MsMolly at 1:29 PM on September 24, 2008

If your friend remembers the days of modems ...

"Hey, don't shoot that postal worker! *BANG* NO CARRIER"
posted by WCityMike at 1:42 PM on September 24, 2008

Every time I feel grumpy, I cheer myself up with Bert and John-John:

"Why you lost your paper clips?"
posted by inging at 1:50 PM on September 24, 2008

I don't know if you can mail things to her or give them to her.. but my friend always printed pictures of famous people and pretend to thank me for writing a fan letter to them.
My favourite of his was Casey Kasem. "Casey" thanked me for the fan letter and the wonderful turkey pot pie recipe included.
I still have it on my wall and it brightens my day. It was just a ridiculous, random thing that makes me so happy.. even 4 years after I first received it.
posted by czechmate at 2:01 PM on September 24, 2008 [7 favorites]

I like to send my boyfriend random photos--usually based on inside jokes or recent conversations or just some random awesome photo I find.

I always save them as attachments and put a vaguely related subject line so it's a surprise as soon as he clicks on the e-mail, rather than then forcing him to click on a URL with the knowledge I sent him something cute.
posted by faunafrailty at 4:16 PM on September 24, 2008
posted by Jimmie at 6:07 PM on September 24, 2008

Some of these are more in the happy-sad continuum.

Carpark North's "Human" -- manages to not make the kid actors small adults and avoids exploitation, just amazing

Sigur Ros "Glósóli", a dream narrative that defies expectations at every moment

Almost any Arcade Fire, but especially Wake Up or Rebellion (Lies) again with the kids theme, sue me

More kids -- I must have a complex where I cannot imagine adult happiness -- in Bugsy Malone, esp. Bad Guys and You Give a Little Love

Rescue many horses The Netherlands Nov. 2006 - okay, there are some colts in this one. It's sappy beyond belief, but the Vangelis is just right an d perfectly fitted to the "action"
posted by dhartung at 12:59 AM on September 25, 2008 [1 favorite]

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