Turn on the news these days and it can be pretty depressing. Social media is overflowing with people ranting and raving about something. Television is filled with images of violence and despair.
All that negativity is not good for you.
I get that we need to keep up to date with what is happening in the world but a constant diet of negative images and words has a profound impact on your heart and mind.A constant diet of negative images and words is not good for your heart or mind. Click To Tweet
We need to balance that negativity with some positivity. As a matter of fact, we need to have more positive experiences than negative ones to counteract the impact.
So take some time to shift the energy by watching or listening to something that lifts you up, or makes you laugh, or reaffirms your fundamental beliefs in people.
One way to do that is to watch a feel good movie.
Here are my picks for making you feel a little happier:
The Princess Bride
The fairy tale adventure of true love between the heroine Buttercup and Westley who must save her from the dreaded Prince Humperdinck is the classic tale of good triumphing over evil in a light-hearted way with outstanding performances by a huge cast of entertaining supporting characters. It’s guaranteed to make you laugh.
Favourite line: As you wish
One of my most favourite movies, this is the story of Andy Dufresne wrongly imprisoned for murder and his unlikely friendship with fellow inmate Red Redding. It’s a tale of survival and human dignity and reinforces the idea that your circumstances are not the problem – it’s what you do with them.
Favourite line: I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.
Bill Murray stars as the uber unpleasant weatherman Phil Connors who finds himself reliving Groundhog Day over and over and in the process learns what really matters in life. This is the ultimate karma movie demonstrating that we keep repeating our mistakes until we finally learn the lessons we need to learn.
Favourite line: “I’m a god. I’m not THE God I don’t think.”
You can’t help but root for Jamal Malik, an 18 year old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, as he tries to win a fortune on the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Add a star-crossed love story and catchy Bollywood music and this movie is definitely one to boost your possibility mindset.
Favourite line: A scar is proof of a healed wound
You could pick just about any Hugh Grant movie for a feel good list, but I like this one because love triumphs in so many ways. A charming cast, a funny script and a great soundtrack, this movie celebrates the importance of our friends in consoling us when we are down, kicking our butts when we need it and rallying to our cause.
Favourite line: For June who loved this garden from Joseph who always sat beside her. Some people do spend their whole lives together.
A pig who wants to be a sheepdog. Why not? This is a story with heart that celebrates rethinking the boundaries of who we are and what we can do in life. It’s a follow your dreams movie where the animals show us the way.
Favourite line: Beware the bad cat bearing a grudge.
Under the Tuscan Sun
Any movie set in Tuscany can make me feel good. It’s one of my favourite places in the world. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Italian countryside, it tells the story of writer Frances Mayes who escapes to a rundown villa to reinvent her life after a marriage break-up. It proves we can all find la dolce vita if we are brave enough to follow our hearts.
Favourite line: Unthinkably good things can happen even late in the game.
Schedule some time to watch one of these and see if it doesn’t lift your mood. You can even make it a regular event. Try having a Feel Good Friday. End your work week with something positive. Curl up on your own with a bowl of popcorn or make it a family event.
What feel good movies would you add to this list?
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