films to help you beat the blue monday blues
Blue Monday is statistically the day of the year when people feel at their lowest. The holiday season is over, it's cold (for those in the N. Hemisphere at least), we've spent too much money in December and it's still a while 'til payday, plus our Vitamin D levels are getting low - which affects our mood and energy levels.
But we don't have to feel down, there's lots we can do to change how we feel. If you get our free weekly newsletter (you can sign up on the left <--) then you'll see that we have lot of tips for helping to beat the Blue Monday blues. And one way is to put on a feel-good film to help raise our spirits! The VTV Team have recommended their favourite uplifting films for you to watch;
Lucia - Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo is my all-time favourite film. It never gets old. I can watch it with the kids, who also love it, or on my own on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It's ultimately the story of what a father will go through to save his son, but has a lot of humour for both adults and children. Finding Nemo was one of the first feature length cartoons aimed at all ages, many have followed since but for me, none have been as good.
Carol - Billy Elliot
Set in a mining town in Northern England during the year long miners' strike of 1984, it's the story of an 11 year old boy's dream of becoming a ballet dancer. Definitely an uplifting movie. Maybe because I can identify with the Northern working class, the intense pressure to conform and remember well the miners strike and the incredible hardships it brought, it was particularly poignant for me.
But I'd defy anyone not to be moved to laughter and tears and back again and to be inspired at the end - watching the pay off for following one's dreams no matter what and the ability of a hard line miner to reject peer pressure to work through his prejudice and support his son.
Have watched it many times and it still moves me.
Tom - Cool Runnings
Cool Runnings is based on a true story about the first Jamaican bobsleigh team trying to make it to the winter Olympics.
I like the film because it's an easy watch, light hearted and funny but also it shows what you can achieve with the right attitude and determination, even when the odds are stacked against you.
Alex - Coach Carter
Based on the true story of a High School basketball coach, played by Samuel L Jackson, who is prepared to stand by his beliefs and help his team do their best, on and off the court. He realises that the future success of the children doesn't just depend on their basketball performance - they need an education as well.
My favourite part of the film and the reason why I think it is uplifting is when one of the boys gives a rousing speech (based on a poem by Marianne Williamson - which I think is one of the most incredible speeches I have ever heard and never fails to inspire me.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure...?
Emma - Eat Pray Love
This film begins with a young woman from America who feels trapped in her marriage and longs to feel content with her life. After a messy divorce she makes the life-changing decision to travel the world where she tries new foods, learns a new language, seeks enlightenment in India and does some serious soul searching.
In Bali she confronts her demons and turns towards a more spiritual life and finds herself more content than she could ever have imagined.
I was inspired by this film because I have been through many ups and downs in my life and sometimes I have felt that I'm always missing something in order to feel satisfied. This film helped me to feel content with what I have and to realise that I am in control of my thoughts and emotions.
Let us know in the comments below your favourite uplifting film and how you got through Blue Monday with a smile.