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5 Feel Good Movies Guaranteed To Lift Your Spirits

5 Feel Good Movies Guaranteed To Lift Your Spirits

Sometimes life is just not going the way you want it to be. Then, a little pick-me-up film is all you need to cry it out, laugh out loud, smile and start feeling much better. It isn’t going to solve any problems but it’s a good way to start. These six amazing feel good movies are guaranteed to do just that.

1. About Time (2013)

From the same creators of Love, Actually, this film presents the same wit and sincere warmth the famous rom-com is known for. Tim, an awkward 21-year-old, finds out that the men in their family can travel time. He uses this ability to get himself a girlfriend and in the process, he meets beautiful yet insecure, Mary in a very unconventional dinner. However, this film is not just about Tim and Mary’s relationship but of the many relationships within the movie like the relationships between father and son, brother and sister, mother and child. It shows us in a fantastical yet very relatable way, to savor each moment we have with the people in our lives and that spending time with them is the best way to show them our love and appreciation.

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About Time
    Live life as if there were no second chances.

    2. Definitely, Maybe (2008)

    This film is about second, third and even more chances, and about recognizing the new opportunities that we get. Will Hayes is a 38 year old father in the midst of getting a divorce. The film shows his relationship with his 10 year old daughter Maya and it goes back and forth from present and past as the film engages the audience to guess who among the three women will eventually end up with Will Hayes.

    Definitely, Maybe
      “Dad, I can’t believe you drank… and smoked… and was such a slut… But I still love you.”

      3. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

      One of the many great Robin Williams’ classics, this film is guaranteed to make you laugh. This family movie tackles divorce and the opportunity to still grow up even when you are already a grown-up. Daniel is an undisciplined parent who has recently been divorced by his wife. Since the custody for his kids is with his wife, he decides to put on make-up and prosthetics so he can be a nanny for his children. He is able to pull this ruse and in the process, truly learns how to be a better parent.

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      Mrs. Doubtfire
        “I admire that honesty, Natalie, that’s a noble quality. Never lose that, because it often disappears with age, or entering politics.” – Mrs. Doubtfire

        4. Chef (2014)

        The food, the cast, the story – all of this makes one want to watch this film especially when you’re feeling low. It’s about getting back on your feet when you’re on the ground and when it seems like other people just won’t stop kicking you down. This film is like good comfort food which sometimes is all you need to feel much better. Jon Favreau and Sophia Vergara are the last the two people I ever expect to have good chemistry on screen but surprisingly, they will tug at your little hearts in a non-cliché romantic way.  Chef will definitely warm you hearts as it tackles balance between career and family and knowing what is important at the end of the day.

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        Chef
          “His dramatic weight gain can only be explained by the fact that he must be eating all the food sent back to the kitchen.” – Food Critic

          5. My Sassy Girl (2001)

          Now this one is an unconventional romantic comedy from Korea. There is an American adaptation of this movie of the same title but watching the original is always the way to go. The characters have very good chemistry although the female character is the kind of girl you wouldn’t see in traditional American rom-coms. You might find her annoying and mean at first but as the movie progresses, she can make you feel fuzzy and warm inside. My Sassy Girl is a good way to see Korean culture and also a good movie to laugh and cry with.

          My Sassy Girl
            The Girl: You know why the sky is blue?
            Kyun-woo: Because the reflection from the sunshine causes…
            The Girl: Wrong! It’s to make me happy. I wanted it to be blue, so it’s blue. You know why fire is hot? It’s all for me. I wanted it to be hot, so it’s hot. You know why we have four seasons here in Korea?
            Kyun-woo: For you?
            The Girl: Correct.

            Featured photo credit: Andrei Zmievski via flickr.com

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            Last Updated on November 11, 2019

            How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

            How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

            Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

            To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

            Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

            1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

            Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

            Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

            To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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            2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

            Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

            If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

            Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

            3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

            Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

            Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

            4. Feed Your Brain

            Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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            This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

            Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

            Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

            5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

            According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

            Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

            Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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            6. Write it Down

            If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

            It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

            You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

            7. Listen to Music

            Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

            8. Visual Concepts

            In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

            Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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            Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

            9. Teach Someone Else

            Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

            Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

            10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

            Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

            So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

            Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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