How do you define success and happiness? Regardless of your goals, there are times when it seems easier for other people but somehow more difficult for you to reach what you want in life. Whenever obstacles seem to keep coming no matter how hard you try to fight against them, consider the positive examples and inspirational messages found in these Asian dramas that will cheer you up and recharge you to keep moving forward to fulfill your dreams.

1. Cheer Up

A group of high-school students are forced against their will to join a cheerleading club, but they'll end up finding incredible friendship and team spirit. The story doesn't shy away from real-life issues such as bullying, emotional and physical abuse, bias, stereotyping, academic fraud, and more, and will ultimately inspire with positive role models and convincing resolutions.


2. Radiant Office

Three young and unemployed people meet when they are each experiencing the lowest point of their lives. Their desperation lead them to lose all hope. A ray of light shines when they are given a chance to work as temporary workers in the same office. However, just when they are feeling happy with their new surroundings, they find that their demanding bossing is forcing them to compete with each other. How will they avoid trampling on friendship in order to achieve success?

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Radiant Office

Starring Go Ah Sung and Ha Suk Jin

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3. Scent of a Woman

A young woman receives a grim diagnosis that she only has months to live and decides to live her life to the fullest. She quits her job at a travel agency to enjoy what time she has left. Unexpectedly, she also attracts the attention of her caring doctor as well as a handsome heir. You'll cry and laugh with her when she discovers romance, love, and a new meaning of life.

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Scent of a Woman

Starring Kim Sun Ah and Lee Dong Wook

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4. Good Doctor

A talented young doctor excels as a surgeon in pediatric care despite his autism and abusive family background that resulted in tragic losses. However, in the competitive "adult" world where everyone is at least emotionally and mentally 20 years older than he is, he needs more than friendly colleagues to overcome bias. He will nevertheless achieve his goals and find romance as well. (The award-winning and inspirational drama is so good that it is being remade into an American version.)


5. Another Oh Hae Young

A man meets a woman who has the identical name as his ex-girlfriend. She, on the other hand, has been dumped by her ex-boyfriend. The two brokenhearted strangers then discover that they are neighbors separated by just a wall. The coincidence doesn't stop there. Will a new relationship wipe away the tears and angst that's been clouding their hearts? 

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Another Oh Hae Young

Starring Seo Hyun Jin and Jun Hye Bin

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6. Oh My Geum Bi (aka My Fair Lady)

It's never too late to start a purpose-driven life. A lowlife conman finally learns about what really matters in life when he meets his 10-year-old daughter for the first time, and finds out that she is diagnosed with Niemann-Pick disease type C, which leads to rapid memory loss and physical deterioration. (Heo Jung Eun, the young actor who plays the daughter, won Best Young Actress for her impressive performance.)


7. Strongest Deliveryman

For two ambitious delivery workers with big dreams, life is a race when you're born without privileges, and poverty is just another stop on their way to the top. Along the way, they'll find love and success as they overcome obstacles and grow stronger. The drama delivers an inspirational message along with romantic comedy. It is also known as Best Deliveryman.

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Strongest Deliveryman

Starring Go Kyung Pyo and Chae Soo Bin

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Have you watched any of these dramas?

Which drama would you add to this list to cheer up yourself or a friend?

~ NancyZdramaland

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