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10 Best Romance Movies That Reflect the Harsh Reality of Relationships

10 Best Romance Movies That Reflect the Harsh Reality of Relationships

A lot of people love romantic movies. They provide the ultimate escapism and feel-good factor when the forces of love triumphs. Most of the times, the reason why it has such an impact on us is because of the message it brings–a message of hope. Many can relate to sitting in front of a screen with loved ones–whether at home or in the cinema, and feeling teary eyed when that moment comes up which has the power to tug on heartstrings.

The best romantic movies do not just act as entertainment, but in fact, can actually teach us important lessons of life, love and relationships. Here are 10 romantic movies and what they taught us

1. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

    Life is sometimes difficult and we can feel like we are trapped in a situation where there is no escape. But the beauty is its unpredictability as well as the people who can come into our lives when we least expect it.

    Be open to the unexpected happening. Even though you may be struggling with demons of your own, you never know who may wander into your life when you are least expecting it. Stop looking for love and let love find you.

    2. One Day (2011)

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      This is one of those romantic movies that teaches us about the importance of friendship in a relationship. Your significant other should also be your friend. And like any good friend, they should know all your good and bad points but still love you any way.

      Even if you do not end up dating your best friend, be with someone who will ultimately be one of your closest companions and someone you can rely on–no matter what.

      3. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

        Love sometimes catches us off-guard and we fall in love with the person we may least expect.

        Don’t judge a book by its cover. There are sometimes connections we have with people that we may never have envisioned. Physical chemistry is important, but it is even more important that they can connect with you on other levels.

        4. What’s Your Number? (2011)

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          Stop focusing on the past. There is a reason why people didn’t make to your present. If you are single (and single for a while) you may feel nostalgic and wonder “what if” about failed relationships. But remember, if those relationships were right, they would have worked out. So the fact is, one of you was a wrong match for the other person.

          Open yourself to welcoming new people and opportunities into your life.

          5. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

            Don’t change who you are. If the person is right for you, they will appreciate all those things that make you different–even the things that make you uncool to everyone else.

            The right one will love you just the way you are–and they will love you even more for your flaws and quirky bits.

            6. He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)

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              Don’t wait around for someone who doesn’t behave like they want to be with you. If you find yourself always making excuses or justifying someone’s absence or lack of attention, the reality is that they are probably just not that into you. It may hurt to accept this, but taking the first step to recognizing this will be the first step to breaking free from that hurt.

              Don’t allow yourself to be nothing more than an option for someone who doesn’t see you as a priority.

              7. Love Actually (2003)

                This is one of those romantic movies that follows the lives of a few people.

                We are reminded that everyone has the same chance of finding love–it doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from or what your circumstances may be. It’s all about being in the right place and the right time. Everyone deserves love and everyone has the possibility to find it.

                8. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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                  If someone is more interested in the other person’s status or money, it’s not real love. This has sadly become far too common with many people more in pursuit of what they can gain from a partner, as opposed to how that person makes them feel.

                  If someone truly loves you for you, the size of your bank balance, who you know or the material things they can benefit from being with you, will not matter.

                  9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

                    There is sometimes no greater pain than a heartbreak, and to some people, it may feel impossible to find a way out of that anguish.

                    Don’t force healing or deny yourself the grieving process. It is important to you give yourself the time that you need. Don’t try to find quick solutions such as partying or finding someone else immediately, as ultimately, these are just misguided ways to numb the pain. Pushing yourself too hard to get over someone often makes things worse. It should not be rushed–take as long as you need.

                    10. The Notebook (2004)

                      True love never forgets and will stand the test of time. And no matter what, it will keep fighting and being loyal till the end, irrespective of the circumstances. There are no obstacles that are too big or small when it comes to real love.

                      If you want to be further inspired by some REAL life love stories to remind you that true love does still exist, check out my other article here.

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                      4 Simple Ways to Make Boring Work Become Interesting

                      4 Simple Ways to Make Boring Work Become Interesting

                      Are you bored at work right now?

                      Sitting at your desk, wishing you could be anywhere other than here, doing anything else…?

                      You’re not alone.

                      Even when you have a job you love, it’s easy to get bored. And if your job isn’t something you’re passionate about, it’s even easier for boredom to creep in.

                      Did you know it’s actually possible to make any job more interesting?

                      That’s right.

                      Whether it’s data entry or shelf stacking, even the most mind-numbing of jobs can be made more fun.

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                      Understanding the science behind boredom is the first step to beating it.

                      Read on to learn the truth about boredom, and what you can do to stop feeling bored at work for good.

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                      I’m bored – as you’re watching the same film over and over again, even though it’s your favorite one

                      When you experience something new, your brain releases opioids – chemicals which make you feel good. [1]

                      It’s the feeling you might get when you taste a new food for the first time, watch a cool new film, or meet a new person.

                      However, the next time you have the same experience, the brain processes it in a different way, without releasing so many feel-good chemicals.

                      That’s why you won’t get the same thrill when you eat that delicious meal for the tenth time, rewatch that film again, or spend time with the same friend.

                      So, in a nutshell, we get bored when we aren’t having any new experiences.

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                      Now, new experiences don’t have to be huge life changes – they could be as simple as taking a different route to work, or picking a different sandwich shop for lunch.

                      We’re going to apply this theory to your boring job.

                      Keep reading find out how to make subtle changes to the way you work to defeat boredom and have more fun.

                      Your work can be much more interesting if you learn these little tricks.

                      Ready to learn how to stop feeling so bored at work?

                      We’ve listed some simple suggestions below – you can start implementing these right now.

                      Let’s do this.

                      Make routine tasks more interesting by adding something new

                      Sometimes one new element is all it takes to turn routine tasks from dull to interesting.

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                      Maybe there’s a long drive you have to make every single week. You get so bored, going the same old route to make the same old deliveries.

                      Why not make it a routine to create a playlist of new music each Sunday, to listen to on your boring drive during the week?

                      Just like that, something you dread can be turned into the highlight of your day.

                      For other routine tasks, you could try setting a timer and trying to beat your record, moving to a new location to complete the task, or trying out a new technique for getting the work done – you might even improve your productivity, too.

                      Combine repetitive tasks to get them out of the way

                      Certain tasks are difficult to make interesting, no matter how hard you try.

                      Get these yawn-inducing chores out of the way ASAP by combining them into one quick, focused batch.

                      For example, if you hate listening to meeting recordings, and dislike tidying your desk, do them both at the same time. You’ll halve the time you spend bored out of your mind, and can move onto more interesting tasks as soon as you’re done.

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                      Break large tasks into small pieces and plan breaks between them

                      Feeling overwhelmed can lead you to procrastinate and get bored. Try breaking up large tasks into lots of small pieces to keep things manageable and fun.

                      Try breaking up a 10,000 word report into 1000-word sections. Reward yourself at the end of each section, and you’ll get 10 mini mood boosts, instead of just one at the end.

                      You can also plan short breaks between each section, which will help to prevent boredom and keep you focused.

                      Give yourself regular rewards, it can be anything that makes you feel good

                      Make sure you reward yourself for achievements, even if they feel small.

                      Rewards could include:

                      • Eating your favourite snack.
                      • Taking a walk in a natural area.
                      • Spending a few minutes on a fun online game.
                      • Buying yourself a small treat.
                      • Visiting a new place.
                      • Spending time on a favourite hobby.

                      Your brain will come to associate work with fun rewards, and you’ll soon feel less bored and more motivated.

                      Boredom doesn’t have to be a fact of life.

                      Make your working life feel a thousand times more fun by following the simple tips above.

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