I love a good story with a happy ending. I know that life can be cruel and difficult, but I prefer to concentrate on good things. Many years ago I read an absorbing and exciting adventure story based on certain historical events. I totally identified with the protagonist and was wrapped up in his life and loves. My immersion was so complete that when the tale ended badly it was devastating. I was depressed for many days thereafter. For some years following that bad experience, I would always check the last page or so of a novel to make certain that it concluded on a positive note. Foolish, perhaps, but that was just the way I was.
I am still a happy ending guy. Every Christmas I trot out some old favorite movies and see them again. My wife and I watched them together scores of times, and now I share them with my children, grandchildren, and friends. I could probably repeat the dialog or act out a part in some of these movies, and they continue to warm my heart year after year.
Above all, I favor those stories with a good Christian message: faith, hope, love, family, comradeship, compassion, redemption, and forgiveness. As the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians, “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things . . . practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Phillippians 4:8.)