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Life Lessons From These 16 Inspiring Movies You Must Watch Before Age 40

Life Lessons From These 16 Inspiring Movies You Must Watch Before Age 40

Movies can inspire. They can make you think out of box. Sometimes they can make you question yourself and look back at your life or perhaps even see your future. There is a true and honest kid inside each of us. When we grow older, often we get so serious that we forget the wonder of life.

These inspiring movies have made me a better person, often helping me believe in myself and look for the bright side no matter what is happening in my life.

1. Yes Man: Take your life easy.

    “The world’s a playground. You know that when you are a kid, but somewhere along the way everyone forgets it.” – Allison

    We are so tired of our lives, of duties of never ending stress that without thinking, often the first answer to anything is NO. Take a life a bit easier, lighter and say YES to all opportunities which come along.

    2. Me Again: Your life is all about the choices you make.

    Me Again

      “There is nobody I wanna be than me again.” – Rich Chaplin

      People always want something else, but not what they have. At one point they forget that is it what they have chosen a while ago and it is given to them to have the lesson of life and grow within. This movie gives an opportunity to look how it would be if it would turned out differently. To see the life from other’s point of you and realize you can be happy with all you have, it is just your choice.

      3. A Thousand Words: What you say do matter.

      A Thousand Words

        “It’s okay, our truth can be painful. Pain is the touchstone of goal. It’s okay, laugh, cry, to close causes just to let it out.” – Dr. Sinja

        We are used to doing anything to get what we want. We often say words without meaning and sense just to make the mask we wear more real. This movie will make you think about what you haven’t said and when have said too much.

        4. Peaceful Warrior: Sometimes, you need to listen to your heart.

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        Peaceful Warrior

          “Socrates: Everyone wants to tell you what to do and what’s good for you. They don’t want you to find your own answers, they want you to believe theirs.

          Dan Millman: Let me guess, and you want me to believe yours.

          Socrates: No, I want you to stop gathering information from the outside and start gathering it from the inside.”

          When you think you have everything you need and want, when you think you are happy and successful and there is nothing else but you in the world, you will lose it all to realize how little you know about life. This movie will make you stop whatever you are doing, stop pretending and finally listen to yourself, not your thoughts, but your heart. It will make you start thinking what you want and how to do it without looking at what you can’t or what is wrong.

          5.Rise of the Guardians: Believe in yourself.

          Rise of the Guardians

            “How can I know who I am, until I find out who I was?” – Jack Frost.

            There are always questions – Who I am? What I want to be? How to be the way I am with all what is given to me?

            This movie is about fear and faith. Believing in and accepting yourself. Watch this movie if you have lost faith in yourself or you want remind yourself – everything is connected.

            6. Like Stars on Earth: You’re unique for sure.

            Like Stars on Earth

              “On the Solomon islands, when the tribes need to clear the jungle to make way for fields, they don’t cut down the trees, they simple gather and collect around it, and hurl abuses at the tree, they curse it. Slowly but surely, after some days, the tree begin to wither. It dies on it own.”

              Bollywood movie about an 8 year old boy who is a bit different from others. His imagination let him see the world full with miracles and wonders. How can you put kid in frames and your borders if there are no borders in Universe.

              Movie to realise that each of us is unique and to let shine our best part we need to find a different approach. Movie that will make you to look different to your kids, to other people and yourself.

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              7. August Rush: Keep the faith.

              August Rush

                “You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe, a harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.” – Wizard

                “All you have to do, is to open yourself up….and listen.” All what is given to you is to come back to yourself, to Universe and source of life. Gentle touch of music, love and fulfilment deep as light in your Soul.

                8. A Little Princess: Never stop imagining.

                Little Princess

                  “You can be anything you want to be, my love, as long as you believe.” –  Capt.Crewe

                  Maybe a bit girly movie, but beautiful in its own way. About imagination and that everything can become true if you believe in it. It is easy to keep faith and joy of life when you live in comfort and secure, but if your life changes in a minute, would you keep your believe in good and your kind attitude or you will brake and start blaming others. A movie about faith.

                  9. The Ultimate Gift: Have a dream.

                  The Ultimate Gift

                    “You can teach someone what character is. You can tell them “do this! Do that” but at some point, the gifts need input, intuition, dreams. One needs to be the freedom to dream, then act on it. Even if you don’t have a dream of your own, you can give dreams to others-help them to fulfil their dreams!” – Red Stevens

                    When all you have is so used and you have got it without and effort only taking all of it away can learn you to appreciate and start learning to live and share.

                    10. The Ramen Girl: Live your own life.

                    The Ramen Girl

                      “A bowl of ramen is a self-contained universe with life from the sea, the mountains, and the earth. All existing in perfect harmony. Harmony is essential. What holds it all together is the broth. The broth gives life to the ramen.” – Maezumi

                      Whatever you do, put there all your life and heart. Don’t separate yourself from your past, present and future. it is all here, in this very moment, when you honestly share it, you let others feel one part of the Universe and meet their own hidden being.

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                      11. Fireproof: Keep learning.

                      Fireproof

                        “When a man is trying to win the heart of a woman, he studies her. He learns her likes, dislikes, habits and hobbies. But after he wins her heart and marries her, he often stops learning about her.If the amount he studied her before marriage was equal to a High School Degree, he should continue to learn about her until he gains a college degree, a Master’s Degree and ultimately  Doctorate Degree. It is a lifelong journey that draws his heart ever closer to hers.”  – Caleb Holt

                        Look at this as a movie about relationship and how less energy we spend on making our relationships better, but concentrating more on our anger, dislikes, others’ imperfection. The life is not about achieving something and than enjoying the results, it is about keep moving and getting to know better yourself and others to be able to give the best to the World.

                        12. The Pursuit of Happyness: Take action.

                        The Pursuit of Happyness

                          “You got a dream. You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.” – Chris Gardner

                          A touching and inspiring movie based on true story. You have a choice to be stuck where you are and keep complaining or take your life in your hands, decide where you wanna be and no matter what is happening here and now, keep moving towards your goal. See the clear steps and without looking around or back, or let others’ success or troubles make you doubt about yourself.

                          13. The Intouchables: Be honest.

                          The Intouchables

                            What is your first reaction when you see somebody who has any kind of disabilities? Pity …..?

                            But what they really want to have is the same attitude, acceptance and not reminding that they are different, it is just our eyes what see, but deep inside, they are a unique part of Universe as all of us, they have Soul, mind, Body, spirit….dreams, will and love above all of it. We are so used to wear masks, to pretend, we don’t know how to be honest and that honesty is what makes things real and filled with love.

                            14. Life of Pi: Be humble.

                            Life of Pi

                              “You know, I left so much behind: my family, the zoo, India, Anandi. I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go. But what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye. I was never able to thank my father for all I learned from him. To tell him, without his lessons I would never have survived. I know Richard Parker’s a tiger but I wish I had said, “It’s over. We survived. Thank you for saving my life. I love you, Richard Parker. You’ll always be with me. May God be with you.” – Adult Pi Patel

                              Movie which has so many levels and how you see it will depend on your consciousness and openness. The story about how young boy survived in the ocean with tiger. Does the tiger symbolise his Ego? Imagination? Movie which makes you think. With beautiful views and music. Learn to let it go, to forgive, be humble and stand up for yourself.

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                              15. Grace of Monaco: Stay strong.

                              Grace of Monaco

                                Put other’s life, love and harmony in first place and not to think what you want. Be strong and change yourself to change the world towards love and harmony.

                                16. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn: Change to love, not to hate.

                                The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

                                  “Sharon Gill: The important thing is, we find your brother and get him admitted to a hospital immediately. Make sure he remains calm and does nothing to raise his blood pressure.

                                  Aaron Altmann: Like?

                                  Sharon Gill: Anger.

                                  Aaron Altmann: And you’ve met my brother?”

                                  It is a chance to see how we seamlessly get angry and dissatisfied about our life and ourselves and start loosing love and kindness to outer world. To look at our rush and stress and think how much we do to change it or letting it ruin our life step by step.

                                  No matter what you do always is question how you do it. May each moment inspire you to become a better person and to see yourself without masks.

                                  Enjoy watching!

                                  Featured photo credit: after the street party/Victor Bezrukov via flickr.com

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                                  12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                  12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                  Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                  But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                  I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                  Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                  1. Nuts

                                  The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                  Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                  Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                  Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                  2. Blueberries

                                  Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                  When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                  3. Tomatoes

                                  Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                  4. Broccoli

                                  While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                  Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                  Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                  5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                  Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                  The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                  Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                  6. Soy

                                  Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                  Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                  Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                  7. Dark Chocolate

                                  When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                  Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                  8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                  Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                  B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                  Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                  Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                  To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                  9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                  Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                  Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                  Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                  10. Gingko Biloba

                                  This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                  It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                  However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                  11. Green and Black Tea

                                  Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                  Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                  Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                  12. Sage and Rosemary

                                  Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                  Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                  When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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