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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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                                  Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                  In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                  Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                  Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                  Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                  Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                  The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                  There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                  How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                  According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                  Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                  Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                  The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                  Listen carefully:

                                  We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                  The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                  Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                  8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                  There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                  Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                  1. Pray Daily

                                  You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                  When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                  Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                  Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                  2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                  A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                  By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                  Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                  If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                  This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                  How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                  3. Smile Often

                                  Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                  Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                  Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                  The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                  4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                  A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                  When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                  Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                  Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                  5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                  I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                  Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                  What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                  6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                  God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                  I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                  I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                  7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                  You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                  How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                  First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                  If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                  If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                  If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                  Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                  8. Go Exercise

                                  Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                  The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                  You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                  12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                  It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                  Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                                  Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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