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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year (and if so, how are you reading this?) you’ve probably noticed that things in the world are a little…concerning. From the frequently-distressing U.S. election to a seemingly never-ending series of national and international tragedies to the biggest celebrity break-up since the last time Brad Pitt *allegedly* screwed up his marriage, it can seem challenging at times to find a little sunshine amidst all the darkness. Now, more than ever, is the time to find a nice, cozy, pop culture security blanket and cling to it for dear life.


What is a pop culture security blanket, you ask? Well, it’s a genius (or lame, depending on how much you like me) new phrase I just coined referring to a piece of pop culture that brightens your day no matter the circumstance. It could be a song that makes you smile, a book that warms your heart, a movie that leaves you feeling like you can take on the world, or a TV show that makes you just feel good. Even if you don’t think you have a pop culture security blanket, you probably do. What is that one thing in entertainment you always find yourself going back to when things get rough, that thing that brings you at least some peace when things are in chaos? Boom! That’s your pop culture security blanket.


For me, that’s the TV show “Parks and Recreation.” I tend to fall on the more pessimistic side of most things, so I regularly need a shot of something happy. “Parks and Rec” is the perfect solution. It’s pretty difficult to watch an episode of that show and not leave it feeling at least a little good. It oozes sunshine and positivity even in its darkest moments, which are very rare. Leslie Knope and co. seem to just want the best for Pawnee and each other and will do whatever it takes to make it happen. They may not always succeed in the way they hoped, but their valiant efforts are enough to make it all worth it. Plus, the show featured a tiny horse named Li’l Sebastian. If that doesn’t make you break into a smile, than I don’t know what to tell you.


So next time you’re feeling down about basically anything, find your pop culture security blanket and let it lull you into a sense that everything is a-ok. Sometimes we all need a little sunshine.


Do you have a pop culture security blanket? If so, what is it? Do you think I need to stop coming up with weird pop-culture related phrases? Keep that last one to yourself, but share your other thoughts in the comments. And, as always…


Stay classy.