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7 Important Life Lessons from Disney’s “Frozen”

7 Important Life Lessons from Disney’s “Frozen”

Almost everyone I’ve met has seen the movie Frozen. With catchy songs, heart warming tales and scenes that make you smile, Frozen immediately became a family favorite.

Besides the wonderful display of colors and characters, Frozen can actually teach us important life lessons.

Here are 7 of them.

1. Family is important.

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    The whole film runs on the theme of the importance of family. The relationship between Anna and Elsa clearly emphasizes family love.

    Separated at such a young age, Anna longed for the company of her sister. Given the fact that she lost most memories of Elsa, she wanted to build a relationship with her even more.

    When Elsa ran away from the castle after freezing Arendelle, Anna embarked on a journey to retrieve her sister, even if she had to do it alone.

    She wouldn’t stop at any cost until she got the only family member she had left, Elsa.

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    This shows that treasuring your family is very important. You might not agree with some of the things you family might say or do, but it’s important not to allow that affect your relationship with them.

    2. Be unapologetically you.

    Elsa was never part of the popular club. With the magical powers she had, she was an outcast and exiled when people found out. Some even threatened to have her killed. Elsa finally realized that there’s no point pretending someone she isn’t anymore. She left for the mountains and established her ice castle there.

    This is also the part where viewers were introduced to the song that would be stuck in their head forever—Let it Go.

    Sometimes there is a part of us that we do not embrace because we try to fit in—the part of us which isn’t a problem to begin with. However we try being like others, losing the essence of who we really are.

    It’s time we embrace our uniqueness and stop trying to fit in. Sometimes we need to think about whether the “cold” was even a bother to begin with. When you realize that you should keep being you, you automatically become a more beautiful person, just as Elsa did.

    3. Stop bottling your emotions.

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      The ability to share your emotions with others is an amazing thing. Unfortunately for Elsa, due to her isolation, she had no one to share her emotions with.

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      In the end, it ended up pretty messy when Elsa met the real world. Imagine if she was allowed to be exposed to the real world bit by bit. I’m sure she would have developed control of her emotions better than what happened in the film.

      If you’re happy, share the joy with the world and if you’re down, sharing it with the right people will help you feel better. Emotions are better shared; sometimes you just got to let it go.

      4. No one is an island.

      Anna tried to save Elsa; Kristoff needed help with his ice business; and Olaf needed a nose to become a legitimate snowman. In all of these tasks, none of them were accomplished on their own.

      Anna could not have saved Elsa without the help of Kristoff and Sven. Kristoff would have remained out of business if the whole of Arendelle remained frozen, and Olaf got his nose from Kristoff’s carrot.

      It’s funny how we think that we can accomplish anything by ourselves. But the truth is, more often than not, we need the help of others.

      The characters of Frozen helped one another to accomplish the goal of restoring Arendelle. In the end, all of the characters benefited from it.

      We can’t do everything on our own and sometimes, asking for help doesn’t mean you are weak—it simply means you are not going to let your ego stop you from achieving your goal.

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      5. Don’t believe things that are too good to be true.

      There’s the saying that goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and I think it applies to this situation. This is especially true when it comes to meeting people.

      Most of the times, what you know about someone is what they want you to know about them. When you meet someone for the first time, it’s pretty foolish to take everything they say for gospel, especially if it’s too good to be true.

      This applies to both people and material goods. Sometimes when you find someone or something that’s too good to be true, adding some skepticism can prevent you from getting into the kind of trouble that Anna did with Prince Hanz.

      6. Dream big.

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        Olaf had a dream of enjoying a summer, and it’s no doubt a crazy dream. A snowman enjoying summer is like throwing ice cream into a microwave and hoping it doesn’t melt. It just doesn’t make any sense.

        However Olaf never let that bother him; he remained cheerful and happy hoping to achieve that dream one day.

        We all have big dreams and sometimes phrases like, “Are you crazy? ” or “That is impossible” can really hurt us.

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        When you feel that way, remember the happiness that Olaf had, and keep chasing your dreams. Never give up because others say your dream is too big.

        It might sound crazy, but the people who are crazy enough who think they can change the world are often the ones who do.

        7. Love can change the world.

        Arendelle was about to be covered in Ice, and Anna was dying because of a frozen heart. The only cure was true love.

        Instead of Anna getting kissed by a Prince Charming, it was her gift of sacrifice that unfroze Arendelle. In the end, that sacrifice melted the “ice” in her heart as well.

        This speaks a lot about how how true love requires sacrifice, an element that is so often forgotten.

        If everyone would sacrifice some of their time and exhibit love and kindness to the people around them, we could rid this world of the “cold” in the hearts of people. Replacing it with the warmth of love is something that can potentially change the world.

        Featured photo credit: Frozen via flickr.com

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        Last Updated on September 30, 2020

        How to Live a Stress Free Life in a Way Most People Don’t

        How to Live a Stress Free Life in a Way Most People Don’t

        Learning how to live a stress free life may seem impossible, but the truth is that there are specific things you can do to begin eliminating sources of stress.

        No, it doesn’t look like a made-for-television movie. No, it doesn’t look like something only people with extra time and money can do. It looks like your life—but without any self-created stress triggers.

        Here are 11 ways to help you live a stress-free life:

        1. Stop Overanalyzing Situations That Haven’t Happened

        The first step to living a stress-free life is to stop overanalyzing imaginary scenarios. It’s easy to spend time in the world of worst-case scenarios. People tend to cultivate this world for one of two reasons.

        First, because if you know what the worst-case scenario is, then it won’t surprise you when it happens. Second, if you know what the worst-case scenario is, then you can do everything in your power to control the universe so the worst case never happens.

        If that’s really the world you want to cultivate, then become a professional risk assessor. If not, then ask yourself how you are benefiting from continuing to live that way.

        Does it make you feel better about yourself and your life? Does it make you want to leap out of bed in the morning, eager to embrace the worst-case scenario? Does it bring you joy or fulfillment?

        If your answer to these three questions is no, then stop living in the future and bring yourself back into the present.

        2. Don’t Take on Other People’s Problems

        The whole advantage of other people having problems is that they aren’t your problems. When you frequently take on other people’s problems, you get into the habit of enabling.

        Let’s get crystal clear about the definition of enabling: enabling is the art of continuing to take responsibility for other people, thereby disallowing their personal responsibility[1].

        It is of no service to other people to take on their problems because they can’t/won’t/don’t know how to fix the problem.

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        It is of service to empower others to take responsibility for themselves and their lives, to encourage, teach, and motivate others to address their own problems. So stop enabling, and start empowering.

        3. Get Present in the Moment

        Being present in the moment involves being in your body and feeling your feelings—two things that lots of folks actually don’t know how to do.

        Ask yourself these two questions: What does fear feel like in your body? What are you afraid of?

        If you don’t know the answer to these questions, you probably aren’t present in the moment. Being present involves vulnerability, humility, and openness[2].

        How to live a stress free life by being present

          The past and the future stop being so relevant and intriguing when you’re able to get in your body and feel your feelings. When you can do these two things, you actually want to be in the present moment.

          To get started, close your eyes, focus on your breathing, and watch your stress levels drop. Then, try these tips: How to Live in the Moment and Stop Worrying.

          4. Focus on What You Have, Not What You Don’t

          The easiest way to stop focusing on what you don’t have is by not watching TV commercials. Marketing teaches us to focus on what we don’t have, and advertising campaigns spend millions of dollars convincing us that we must have what we don’t yet have.

          Can you think of a marketing campaign that teaches you to enjoy what you already have without buying something to enhance it? Odds are you can’t.

          In a world dictated by Super Bowl commercials and Facebook ads, it takes stalwart focus to recognize what you have more than what you don’t. If you want a stress-free life now, get stalwart, and stop letting other people dictate your focus.

          In order to do this, try cultivating a gratitude practice to help refocus your mind toward what is good in your life. You can get started with this guide.

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          5. Stop Surrounding Yourself With People Who Don’t Make You Happy

          Honestly, what kind of people do you really like to be around with? People who get you, who see you clearly, who accept your flaws and all; people you can be yourself with; people who have shared interests?

          How many of those people are in your life? What characteristics do all of the other people in your life have?

          If you find that the people in your life aren’t adding anything positive, it may be time to make some changes. If you find that other relationships you have are downright toxic, start working to cut out those relationships immediately.

          6. Find a Job That Makes You Feel Good

          You don’t have to stay at a job just because it pays the bills. Most people spend more time working than sleeping. The average person spends 40 to 80 hours a week—or 2,000 to 4,000 hours a year—working. That is a significant investment!

          If your best friend or child told you that they were going to spend 4,000 hours giving their emotional, mental, and physical energy to something (or someone) that wasn’t going to value them, give anything back to them, or pay them what they were worth, what advice would you offer? Give that same advice to yourself. You won’t be stress-free unless you don’t learn this[3].

          Here’re 11 Signs That You Should Leave Your Job.

          7. Only Take on What You Can Handle

          Busyness is an addiction. Slowing down can actually be terrifying because it causes you to notice that you have feelings that you now have time to feel.

          I get it.

          By the time I slowed down, I had decades of busyness under my belt. I went into a tailspin depression because I didn’t understand how to be in the right relationship with my own emotions.

          When I finally figured out that feelings are just feelings and allowing them to express themselves is healthy and natural, I stopped experiencing withdrawal from my addiction to busyness and started figuring out the pace of life that felt best for me.

          Remarkably, I discovered that I don’t actually like being busy. What will you discover about yourself?

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          8. Let Go of Grudges and Anger

          For me, it took 20 years of adulthood to figure out that holding on to grudges and anger only hurt me. Lucky for you, though, you can benefit vicariously from my experience just by reading one short paragraph!

          No one is holding your feet to the fire, demanding that you hold on to grudges and anger. The energy of anger slowly eats away at your body, mind, and spirit, until one day you wake up more resentful than optimistic.

          One day, people no longer want to be around you because the stink of negativity is oozing out of your pores. One day, you even get tired of hearing yourself get angry. And the person or people you are angry at or holding grudges against probably haven’t been affected at all.

          Who gets hurt the most in that process of repeating negative thoughts? You do.

          Some good advice for you here: How to Let Go of Resentment and Anger

          9. Stop Reliving Your Past

          To live a stress-free life, you have to stop reliving your past. I know it seems like fun to compare everything in your present to your past, and to experience the present through past-colored glasses, but it actually isn’t.

          When you wear past-colored glasses, you can’t truly experience the present for what it is. Your boyfriend or girlfriend gets compared to a list of expectations and failed relationships rather than recognized for the unique blessing they are in your life.

          Your boss gets compared to all the bosses who came before her/him. Your friends’ ability to parent gets compared to your parents’ ability to parent.

          People, including you, deserve to stand on their own past-free merit.

          10. Don’t Complain About Things You Can’t Change

          There are always going to be people elected into office whom you don’t like, taxes that you don’t want to pay, idiot drivers who refuse to move out of the left-hand lane, and a person ahead of you in the check-out line who won’t stop chatting with the clerk.

          The great benefit of being human is that we get to experience all of what life offers us. To live stress-free is to learn to deal with this fact.

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          Dwelling on your frustration with something that can’t be changed doesn’t do anything other than drag you down. You are the only person who will ultimately decide how to respond to what is.

          11. Stop Living Through Other People’s Lives

          Someone else’s life is not your life. Your life is your life.

          What that means is you get to live your life in the way you want. You get to make ridiculous mistakes, take leaps of faith, and stuff things inside your handbag of fear just as much as the next person.

          Going through stuff is the whole great messy adventure of being human! Being alive and living life is terrifying and glorious and everything in between.

          Stop living through social media, trying to soak in all of the experiences everyone else is having. Focus, instead, on what it feels like to be you in this moment. You may find you like it.

          Final Thoughts

          An astounding thing happens when you reduce stress and anxiety, get into a relationship with your body, mind, and spirit, and just be yourself without judgment.

          Your life literally slows down. You stop wishing for the weekend. You begin to live in each moment, and you start feeling like a human being. You just ride the wave that is life, with this feeling of contentment and joy.

          You move fluidly, steadily, calmly, and gratefully. A veil is lifted, and a whole new perspective is born through improved mental health. And this is how you live a stress-free life.

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          Featured photo credit: Drew Coffman via unsplash.com

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