10 Asian dramas that will make you a happier person
While we don't have any scientific research to back this claim yet, we are fairly confident when we say that dramas can release those happy endorphins. They make you giggle and chuckle and feel all warm and oozy inside, and best of all, at the end of a drama you leave feeling like you've travelled through lifetimes without even leaving your couch. To bring more happiness to your Monday, we decided to round up 10 of our happiest Asian dramas!
Alright, I might be a bit biased to this drama, mainly because it's my all-time favorite drama ever. Ever. But even for a non- Gong Yoo fan, you have to admit, this drama is pretty darn adorable. For starters, there's the fluffy dog, Terry, who is such a bundle of happiness, and then there are a bunch of hot guys to crush over (waffle guy, or Kim Jae Wook, Lee Sun Gyun, who gave us major second lead syndrome, and Yoon Eun Hye when she's a boy), and lastly Gong Yoo. If this isn't the perfect dose for happiness....really what is?
For starters, Girls' Generation’s Kwon Yu Ri puts on a stellar performance as a 29-year-old looking to stir up some magic before her big 3-0 birthday. She wants a skyrocketing career and a dream romance - in short this girl wants the stars and will do anything to achieve it. A powerful tale of love and success, leaving old loves for new possibilities, and finally romance, K-drama style!
A Korean oppa ( Kim Tae Hwan) in a cute Chinese drama? Yay for cross-cultural talent sharing pool. Next up, the adorable love story about an otherworldly being who has been asleep for centuries but is accidentally awakened by Tian Jing Zhi (Wu Qian), a spoiled actress. She is then forced to share her home with this awkward hottie with super powers. From bickering, to eventually warming up to each other, an unlikely romance blossoms between them. Even the cosmic conspiracy can do nothing to keep these two lovers apart!
4. Love 020
While conventional romances are great and all that, we think new-age love stories are uber cool! Cue in two popular college students who unexpectedly find love through an online game! I mean, isn't that amazing? This should give hope to every single gamer out there, am I right? Starring Yang Yang and Zheng Shuang, the drama showcases the emotional lives of modern college students in China. But more importantly, it showcases an epic love story that goes beyond virtual reality and strikes straight at your heart strings!
Kinda typical story line in terms of k-dramas right? A rich chaebol, a poor yet hardworking girl, and a love that is fated to come true. But the reason Fated to Love You is your recipe to happiness is for the very handsome Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra, who we have a serious shipping syndrome for! They dish out stellar performances, and every time they share screen space, they leave you wanting more. A must-watch drama for when you need instant cheering courtesy messy break-ups.
The all-time classic story of a poor girl who's fortune changed overnight! But in this particular story, instead of one cute boy, our leading lady has four handsome knights to choose from. The show has a lot of happy endings for most of the lead characters, but what takes the cake are the super cute scenes starring Park So Dam and Jung Il Woo being adorable bunnies in love. Watch it for the feel-good factor, love it for the Jun Il Woo!
7. My Girl
My go-to drama on days I can't take the world and its problems anymore! The story revolves around a spunky girl from Jeju ( Lee Da Hae) who meets a rich businessman (Lee Dong Wook) and the two strike up a deal to save his dying grandfather. While they start out as enemies, the two eventually fall in love with each other. The drama is funny, heart-warming and a perfect watch for a rainy weekend! Also it stars a much younger and adorable Lee Joon Ki as a rich playboy! A must watch for ever drama lover.
8. Let's Eat 2
A drama that revolves around food? Just typing this is making me tremendously happy! Cue in three singles, a lot of delicious food, drama from the past that comes back to haunt them, and in the end, K-drama syndrome that ensures the actors end up with a happy ending!
While this isn't a conventional happy drama, I love how it sensitively handles the realities of life. Don't watch this if you're expecting an unrealistic love story, but definitely watch it if you're up for experiencing a plethora of emotions. Cry a little, laugh a lot, and fall in love with Gong Hyo Jin! An all time classic that is bound to make your grateful for everything you have in your life!
Rounding up the list with one of my current favorite dramas - Jealousy Incarnate. A complicated love story about millennials dealing with career issues, fleeting crushes, and cancer. While we are still waiting to find out how the drama ends, for now, the journey of Pyo Na Ri and Reporter Lee is enough to make the glummest chum smile in glee :)
What Asian dramas make you happy? Comment below!