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10 Valuable Lessons We Can Learn From Disney Movies

10 Valuable Lessons We Can Learn From Disney Movies

For decades, Disney movies, both animated and live-action, have touched the lives of children and adults alike. If you watched Disney movies as a kid, you probably paid more attention to the songs, bright colors and action sequences (if applicable).

Watching them as an adult, though (don’t lie – you know you do it), you’ve probably realized these movies have buried deep within them valuable life lessons you never even knew you were learning throughout your childhood. Here are 10 of those movies. You might have to watch them again, one right after the other in marathon fashion, to see the lessons played out in real time.

Cinderella

Not everyone will approve of what you do or the dreams fluttering inside your heart. You have to find the courage to chase those dreams no matter who tries to stop you. It’s not always possible to do this alone, however. Sometimes you need a little help to get to where you want to go.

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Peter Pan

Growing up is scary, filled with responsibilities we’re not sure we’re ready to adopt. Just because you’re growing older, though, doesn’t mean you have to let your playful imagination fade away. There’s nothing wrong with believing in dreams or far-off fairytales. Your inner child will always be there when you’re running low on faith.

The Lion King

Your past will always be there lurking in the shadows. It’s tough not to look over your shoulder and think about it. Instead of running from it and trying to leave it behind you, run toward it. Face it head-on. Overcoming a bad memory isn’t easy, but once you’re standing on the other side of it, you’ll realize you’re a better person for it.

Air Bud

Stand up for your friends and stick close to your family. Helping those who have helped you when you were in need is what friendship is all about. Those loyal to you will stand behind you no matter the situation. Whether it be a teammate, a parent or a golden retriever, team work never, ever fails.

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Lilo & Stitch

Everyone has their own definition of family. You don’t have to be related by blood to someone to care for and love them. Okay, so maybe your dog is actually a distant alien species, but that doesn’t mean you should love him any less. What really makes a family is what its members are willing to do for each other in times of both trouble and triumph.

Holes

One mistake doesn’t make you a bad person. There is always good to come of the unfortunate things that happen to us, and always something to learn from every negative experience. Who you really are just might be buried beneath the surface, waiting to be found.

Ice Princess

Deep down, you already know what you were born to do. It’s the same dream you’ve had since you were young. As you’ve grown older, maybe you’ve tried to set it aside, to focus on things you and those around you feel are more important. Never let go of what you’ve always known you wanted most. Even if it means giving up what you’ve worked to achieve, it’s worth pursuing the true ambition that captured your heart from the start.

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The Princess and the Frog

Achieving your life-long dreams doesn’t come without hardship. Along the way, you’ll run into all sorts of obstacles and roadblocks. Maybe not quite as drastic as transforming into a frog, but close enough. Take on those obstacles as they come and do your best to overcome them.

Tangled

The only person who gets to decide how you live your life is you. You can’t miss out on all the world has to offer you by letting other people hold you back. If you want to venture outside your comfort zone, do it. If there’s a question you’ve always had and want to find the answer, get out there and find it. Your dreams are so much more important than the dreams other people might have in mind for you.

Frozen

Everyone has a gift. Maybe you’re good at something no one else can do, and no one seems to understand the true value it has brought to your life. You don’t have to hide it or ignore it because it means something different to you than to everyone around you. Embrace it. Let go of your fear of judgment and isolation. If you can show the world you’re proud of what you can do, they’ll start to look at things differently, too.

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The older you get, the more you’ll be able to appreciate everything these movies have taught you over the years. With more Disney magic on the way for years to come, there’s still plenty more to learn.

Featured photo credit: Richard Stephenson via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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