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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 September 16, 2019

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

            We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

            The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

            Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

            1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

            Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

            For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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            • (1) Research
            • (2) Deciding the topic
            • (3) Creating the outline
            • (4) Drafting the content
            • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
            • (6) Revision
            • (7) etc.

            Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

            2. Change Your Environment

            Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

            One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

            3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

            Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

            Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

            My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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            Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

            4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

            If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

            Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

            I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

            5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

            I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

            Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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            As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

            6. Get a Buddy

            Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

            I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

            7. Tell Others About Your Goals

            This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

            For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

            8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

            What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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            9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

            If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

            Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

            10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

            Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

            Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

            11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

            At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

            Reality check:

            I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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