Haven’t all of us just desired to put our lives on hold for a couple of weeks and get away from the world? You can forget your worries while surrounded by majestic mountains and fragrant pine trees. That’s what Ellie Kemper’s Helen does in Netflix’s latest romantic comedy, Happiness for Beginners. (And yes, I’ve already watched it twice.)
Based on a novel by the identical name, Helen signs up for a beginner’s climbing tour after finalizing her divorce. She’s 40, newly single, and has absolutely no idea what she wants out of life. She just desires to hike through the wilderness for a couple of weeks while she figures herself out, but that’s made all of the harder when her younger brother’s lifelong best friend Jake winds up signing up for a similar hike.
Honestly, that is probably the greatest latest rom-coms in years. After devouring Happiness for Beginners, after which devouring it again, there are lessons in life and love which have just stuck with me. Read on, but remember: Mild spoilers ahead! Go watch the movie on Netflix after which come right back here.
1. Do something big in case you’re unhappy together with your life.
You can’t expect anything to vary in case you don’t take any measure to vary them. Helen goes out of her strategy to go on a climbing trip that takes weeks, with none climbing experience. Would a giant step like this be scary? Of course! But that’s how it’ll be life changing. It doesn’t must be climbing, though. It might be moving to Paris or selling the whole lot and buying a tiny house. Break out of that rut, identical to Helen.
2. Surround yourself with individuals who make the journey higher.
While the romance plot of Happiness for Beginners is so top-notch (and we’ll get to that), the movie’s made even higher by the ensemble forged that accompanies Helen and Jake on the climbing trip. There’s the erstwhile leader, the overly talkative Millennial, the airhead with a heart of gold who’s greater than she seems. Your life isn’t nearly you, but in regards to the forged of characters who enter your life. Embrace the individuals who enrich your life.
3. Focus on what makes you pleased.
Helen, when she first learns from fellow hiker Windy the enjoyment of listing three good things every day, finds it difficult to think about even one. Oh how poisoned your life can turn into in case you never recognize what makes it good. So say the positive things about your day. Even if it’s something as small as a very good cup of coffee, specializing in what makes you pleased is all the time welcome.
4. When you’re feeling a “hot spot,” cope with it.
In the movie, “hot spot” refers back to the heat of an oncoming blister as your climbing boot rubs up against your feet and ankles. If you don’t cope with it straight away, it’ll turn right into a blister that only makes things ten times worse. It’s true in life, too. Ignoring an issue doesn’t make it go away. And until you fix it, it’ll only worsen. You owe it to yourself to cope with the new spots of life.
5. You might already know your soulmate, but just haven’t opened your heart.
We get so distracted by our lives. While Helen was busy marrying a weird guy that nobody liked, she was ignoring the much higher people round her. In life, we frequently have blinders on. We’re set on the variety of person we’re “supposed” to be with, but possibly there’s someone even higher we hadn’t considered? That’s definitely the case with Helen, which brings me to my most vital lesson of the entire movie…
6. Find someone who looks at you want Jake looks at Helen.
This is a little bit of a spoiler, although in case you’ve watched the trailer you most likely saw this coming. Jake loves Helen. How can we know? Even before he says anything, you may see it in the way in which he looks at her. The amount of affection seeping off of him is something to swoon over. Don’t accept anything lower than that type of love and devotion. We all deserve a Jake.