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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 May 21, 2019

        How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

        How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

        For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

        If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

        Example 1

        You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

        You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

        In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

        Example 2

        You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

        People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

        You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

        Example 3

        You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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        The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

        Example 4

        You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

        Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

        If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

        Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

        • Understand your own communication style
        • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
        • Communicate with precision and care
        • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

        1. Understand Your Communication Style

        To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

        In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

        Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

        2. Learn Others Communication Styles

        Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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        If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

        “How do you prefer to receive information?”

        This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

        To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

        3. Exercise Precision and Care

        A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

        On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

        Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

        I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

        I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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        In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

        The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

        Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

        4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

        Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

        In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

        “Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

        Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

        Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

        It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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        It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

        It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

        Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

        Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

        The Bottom Line

        When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

        I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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