We know life can be tough and full of various struggles. Sometimes, watching shows with characters going through the process of healing wounds helps us experience empathy and feel hope about our own troubles. While our favourite K-drama characters might not have the exact same problem we have, it’s always heartwarming to see people overcome difficult situations.
Feel encouraged by watching how these characters find the strength to tackle issues from trying to juggle family, career and personal dreams, to overcoming traumatic situations in their lives.
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
It's Okay to Not Be Okay centers on Ko Mun-yeong (Seo Yea-ji) and Moon Gang-tae (Kim Soo-hyun) helping each other deal with their separate but intertwined traumatic childhoods. Gang-tae helps Mun-yeong calm down and control her emotions. Oppositely, Mun-yeong aids Gang-tae by making him release his true inner feelings. They realize they can no longer ignore or run away from their problems, and learn to embrace their scars in order to move on.
With the word “heal” in its title, it’s no surprise that Healer features some healing. Seo Jung-hoo (Ji Chang-wook) is a mysterious and highly skilled night courier who goes by the code name “Healer.” Chae Young-shin (Park Min-young) is a passionate and resourceful news reporter who comes across Healer while trying to get a scoop on a celebrity. The pair heal as they unravel the truth behind their fathers’ deaths.
Mystic Pop-up Bar
Mystic Pop-up Bar packs a whole lot of healing in every episode. The main trio (acted by Hwang Jung-eum, Yook Sung-jae, and Choi Won-young) try to solve their own problems through helping people settle difficult grudges. You’ll definitely be able to empathize with the relatable conflicts such as sexual harassment, unemployment, grief, and more.
It’s Okay, That’s Love
It's Okay, That's Love is a unique drama that shows the love story between writer Jang Jae-yeol (Zo In-sung) and psychiatrist Ji Hae-soo (Kong Hyo-jin) who are both living with mental illnesses. While they come to terms with their past traumas, they support and accept each other making for a truly touching relationship.
Hello, My Twenties!
Five female college students with very different personalities navigate growing up while living together in Hello, My Twenties! Each of them experience their own hardships with love and their direction in life. You’ll be able to relate to different aspects of each character as they heal from various situations. It’s a truly hilarious coming-of-age drama! You can also enjoy the second season for more fun.
This drama is kind of like a more mature version of Hello, My Twenties! Be Melodramatic tells the story of three friends in their early 30s juggling love, careers, and dreams. There’s a lot of quirkiness to enjoy, but the show is very raw and real. There are heartbreaking moments as the characters work through divorce and grief, and there’s also many heartwarming times when there’s healing and bonding.
Because This Is My First Life
Because This Is My First Life examines relationships and marriage through a more modern perspective. Nam Se-hee (Lee Min-ki) and Yoon Ji-ho (Jung So-min) become housemates and have a secret contract marriage due to financial difficulties and societal expectations. As they get to know each other, romance and healing ensues. In addition, different relationships of Ji-ho’s friends are also explored resulting in a variety of relatable romances.
Lee Min-ki is also in Beauty Inside! In this drama, he portrays Seo Do-jae who is unable to recognize faces. Han Se-gye (Seo Hyun-jin) is a top actress whose appearance randomly changes at certain times a month. Despite all this, Do-jae is able to recognize Se-gye whenever her appearance changes. They accept one another and learn how to love themselves in the process.
When the Camellia Blooms
When the Camellia Blooms follows the story of single mother Dong-baek (Kong Hyo-jin) as she deals with social stigmas and a serial killer. Dong-baek has a tough and lonely life growing up as an orphan. There’s a heartwarming transformation in store as Dong-baek grows and stops being a pushover to those who mistreat her or gossip about her.
My Mister is definitely one of the heavier dramas on this list. Ji-an (IU) and Dong-hoon (Lee Sun-kyun) form an unexpected and deep friendship. Both of them have a whole lot of hurt, and they show compassion for each other. The drama is very moving and shows the perseverance of the human spirit and the power of empathy.
You can watch all of these dramas with healing stories, now streaming on Netflix.