[As featured in The Irish Sun newspaper]
Movies entertain us – they make us laugh, they make us cry, they even inspire us to get up and go for a run as I found out after watching Tron: Legacy, but did you know that they can also inspire you to change your life? For example, it was watching the mind-bending film Inception that inspired me to spend the following ten years of my life researching and writing my new book. Read on to discover how watching the following films can make you stronger, have more self-control and be braver, more grateful and more mindful.
Strength: Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016) is a feel-good documentary about one of Tony Robbins’ yearly seminars called “Date with Destiny”. If you haven’t heard of him before, Tony is one of the world’s top Life and Business Coaches, and this film about his seminars can inspire you to be stronger than you already are when you hear about some of the participants’ shocking stories and when you see how Tony helps them to heal and to move on with their lives. Being strong is important now more than ever before so that we can handle another lockdown if necessary, a pay cut, a job loss, or whatever the case may be.
Self-control: Gravity (2013) is another film that can help us to feel stronger. This sci-fi thriller shows Sandra Bullock playing Dr Ryan Stone, an Engineer who becomes stranded alone inside her damaged Space Shuttle and attempts to return to Earth alive. The ability to be emotionally fit in difficult situations such as this pandemic, including lockdowns and the possible isolation and loneliness that go with it, is important for our overall wellbeing, and Dr Stone’s self-control when distressed shows us how we can do the same.
Bravery: Close (2019) is a powerful and believable thriller inspired by true events in which Sam Carlson (Noomi Rapace), a counter-terrorism expert and Bodyguard who fights tooth and nail to protect her spoiled client, Zoe Tanner (Sophie Nelisse), from some dangerous people out to steal her large inheritance. Watching Sam risk life and limb as she willingly and repeatedly goes head to head with the bad guys intent on hurting and even killing her to get what they want should inspire us to face our own struggles with more oomph, whether that’s dealing with a long line of people out to get us or a long line at the supermarket this Christmas.
Gratitude: The Bucket List (2007) is the story of two poorly men, Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) and Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman), and how they bring joy to one another towards the ends of their lives. Seeing how these two men go from being complete strangers to being best friends who make the most of their time together despite their poor physical health should give you and I reason to be grateful for our relative youth and good health as well as the opportunities that we can still create to live life to full come rain or shine.
Mindfulness: Eat Pray Love (2010) is the true story of successful Writer Elizabeth “Liz” Gilbert, a woman unhappy with her spouse, her house and her job, and how she travels to Italy, India and Bali in search of good food, spirituality and new love. Making mindfulness a daily practice, as Liz does, can do wonders for calming your mind, relaxing your body and stilling your heart, especially during hard times.
So, get on Netflix, grab your popcorn and get ready to be become the new and improved you!<< Back