Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tip#830: Resilience Resources, Part 12 – Depression & Graham Moore - The Imitation Game

Writer Graham Moore gave one of the most inspiring speeches at this year’s 87th Academy Awards when he won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game. His message touched me deeply and was an important, uplifting message about depression. He said…

"When I was 16 years old I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here and so I would like this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit anywhere. Yes you do. I promise you do. Stay weird. Stay different. And then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message to the next person who comes along."
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That speech got an emotional, standing ovation and garnered much praise in the media. I felt Moore’s message would make a positive difference for people suffering with depression right now around the world. His speech also inspired me find post Oscar interviews about his depression and insights that may be helpful to you or someone you know in the workplace. Here are key excerpts…

"I’m not gay, but I’ve never talked publicly about depression before or any of that and that was so much of what the movie was about, and it was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much."
Variety.com

"I grappled with very severe depression when I was young, but I would also say this is something that has not gone away," Moore said. "This is something I've had to deal with every single day of my life. It's something that a lot of people deal with but not a lot of people talk about publicly." 

"One of the things that's important about depression is it exists entirely independent of the external," Moore said. "It's not like winning a trophy makes depression go away, and I think that's one of the hardest things for people dealing with it. There's no external validation that makes it disappear. You have to deal with it internally." 
Chicago Tribune.com

"A stranger came up to me and said, 'I've dealt with depression and with these issues for my whole life. I've never talked about it publicly before. Thank you for doing that. I feel now I can talk to my family about it and talk to the people around me about it,' " Moore says. "I got very teary and we gave each other a hug. Hearing that from strangers was just so meaningful to me." 
People.com

These quotes from Moore could go a long way to better understanding mental health and depression. And hopefully he also inspires people to see The Imitation Game that also highlights a movie hero who felt different all his life and experienced both highs and lows.

The Imitation Game (2014)

The historical thriller film, The Imitation Game, is about British cryptanalyst Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) who helped solve the Enigma code during World War II. It is also the story about a gay man feeling different all his life and trying to fit in with society at the time. The film highlights Turing’s brilliance, successes, social awkwardness and final tragedy while showing the excitement of solving a problem that ended up saving countless lives. See: movie trailer


I highly recommend seeing this film for many motivational reasons such as resilience, teamwork, courage and for a movie hero who persevered as best as he could despite feeling different. Moore was inspired by Turing’s story growing up and it was his goal to bring awareness to this important man in history. Moore, in turn, brought more awareness to suicide and depression with his heartfelt Oscar speech.

If you or someone you know is dealing with depression and mental health at work or in your life please pass on this blog post. Inspiring movies and emotional speeches can be powerful Resilience Resources. They remind all of us to never give up, keep motivated and move forward no matter what.

Related Tips on Resilience:
Tip#801: Resilience Is Your Hidden Super Power, Part 5 - Whiplash 
Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything
Tip#805: Resilience Resources, Part 2 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Tip#810: Resilience Resources, Part 3 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - A League of Their Own
Tip#811: Resilience Resources, Part 4 – Top 15 Movies for Dealing with Depression & Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Tip#812: Resilience Resources, Part 5 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Mumford
Tip#813: Resilience Resources, Part 6 - 50 First Dates  
Tip#819: Resilience Resources, Part 7 - Wild 
Tip#822: Resilience Resources, Part 8 - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Tip#823: Resilience Resources, Part 9 – Super Bowl -Invincible
Tip#825: Resilience Resources, Part 10 – Mental Health & Healthcare - Big Hero 6
Tip#829: Resilience Resources, Part 11 – The Tartigrade – Mr. Deeds Goes To Town 
Tip#830: Resilience Resources, Part 12 – Depression & Graham Moore - The Imitation Game 

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tip#829: Resilience Resources, Part 11 – The Tartigrade – Mr. Deeds Goes To Town

I was truly amazed and fascinated to learn about the most resilient creature on the planet called the Tartigrade. It can live in boiling water or in solid ice and can go ten years without any water or food. It has survived all five mass extinctions and sent into the vacuum and radiation of space and returned alive!

The Tartigrade is only the size of a pinpoint and has been called a water bear because of its appearance. And though it also looks like an alien creature from a Sci Fi film I look at the Tartigrade as a source of inspiration for being incredibly resilient. If this tiny guy can survive so many extremes in life I’d like to think that anyone could at least have the mental strength to survive the harsh things negative people can do OR say to you. A movie hero that demonstrates this resilient mindset is Longfellow Deeds.


More on the Tartigrade:
5 Reasons Why The Tardigrade Is Nature’s Toughest Animal
Tardigrades: Adorable Extremophiles video clip
Mike Shaw, Naturalist Interview on Tartigrades in Space video clip

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

The screwball comedy film, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, is about a small-town man named Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) who inherits a fortune and moves to New York City. This Frank Capra classic is brimming with hilarious characters and memorable scenes. Capra also won an Oscar for Best Director. This movie is also on my Top 10 Feel Good Movies list (see tip#828). And if you love It’s a Wonderful Life you will love this film too.

While in the big city, Deeds eventually realizes that whatever he says and whatever good he tries to do with his fortune that the press and other people make him look like a fool. He is even committed to a hospital on an insanity warrant and then immediately put on trial. In the courtroom Deeds is made to appear mentally unstable. Wave after wave of testimony is thrown at him as he remains silent in defending himself. He looks utterly depressed and defeated. But once he hears that the woman he cares about loves him back his spirit jumps back to life in the fantastic finale.

Deeds and his resilience shines bright and this is a powerful message of staying strong no matter what negativity or opposition you are currently facing in the workplace or in life. Be inspired by movie heroes like Longfellow Deeds and by the indestructible powers of the microscopic Tartigrade. You have the inner strengths to persevere!

Related Tips on Resilience:
Tip#801: Resilience Is Your Hidden Super Power, Part 5 - Whiplash 
Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything
Tip#805: Resilience Resources, Part 2 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Tip#810: Resilience Resources, Part 3 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - A League of Their Own
Tip#811: Resilience Resources, Part 4 – Top 15 Movies for Dealing with Depression & Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Tip#812: Resilience Resources, Part 5 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Mumford
Tip#813: Resilience Resources, Part 6 - 50 First Dates  
Tip#819: Resilience Resources, Part 7 - Wild 
Tip#822: Resilience Resources, Part 8 - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Tip#823: Resilience Resources, Part 9 – Super Bowl -Invincible
Tip#825: Resilience Resources, Part 10 – Mental Health & Healthcare - Big Hero 6
Tip#829: Resilience Resources, Part 11 – The Tartigrade – Mr. Deeds Goes To Town

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B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Insights, Epiphanies & AHA moments 

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“Movies for Motivation: How To Stay Strong in Your Life & Career”
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tip#828: Motivatorman’s Top 10 Feel Good Movies

Over the years I have found that movies have the power to give me AHA moments and epiphanies on how to overcome adversities. And yet I have favourite films that simply make me feel good from start to finish. I can always count on these movies to take me away from my problems and then return me to reality with a big smile on my face and feeling so much better! If you are dealing with difficult times, sadness or depression in the workplace or in life I hope you find this list helpful and uplifting.

A Christmas Story (1983) 
This Christmas classic instantly triggers my happy childhood memories of being a kid during the holidays! This film has so many hilarious moments as well as capturing the magical spirit of Christmas time in every nostalgic scene. See: more blog posts 

The Artist (2011) 
An Oscar winner for Best Picture, this silent, black & white film unexpectedly touched my heart and funny bone with its whimsical charm and wonderful performances. You really have to see it to discover the joys it’ll trigger for you. See: more blog posts 

Back to the Future (1985) 
I’ll always remember when I first saw this action adventure film as a teen and it still excites me whenever I see it! I love time travel stories and am always inspired by this film that shows how anyone can change their future if they find their courage. See: more blog posts 

The Croods (2013) 
Nicholas Cage as the father figure caveman in this animated film is hilarious and was born to voice this role! The colourful vistas and exotic creatures he and his family encounter are also visually stunning. The bonus is the heartwarming messages about family, love and optimism. See: more blog posts 

Groundhog Day (1993) 
This romantic comedy is filled with memorable, funny scenes that after repeat viewings gets better and better. Bill Murray’s character always takes me on a super fun journey of entertainment and inspiration on how to be a better person. See: more blog posts 

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 
I just love all the colourful, hilarious characters, exciting special effects and the fantastic soundtrack of this Marvel Comics film. So many unexpectedly humorous scenes made me laugh and smile first time I saw it. I continue to watch it over and over again! See: more blog posts 

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 
This Christmas classic is a film I loved seeing as a kid (and still today!) every time it came on the television. George Bailey and every other character now feel like family to me! It’s always a special time laughing and crying with this movie. See: more blog posts 

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) 
This comedy is another Frank Capra classic and is filled with wonderful characters and humour to touch your heart and funny bone! Each scene is so memorable and the ending (like all the other films listed here) will leave you feeling so good! See: more blog posts 

My Cousin Vinny (1992) 
This comedy is a hilarious story with fantastic performances by Joe Pesci and Maria Tomei who was an Oscar winner for best supporting actress. Their thick Brooklyn accents make the film a joy as does all the moments they reveal their hidden talents! See: more blog posts 

School of Rock (2003) 
This comedy is so much fun on many levels! Seeing Jack Black’s character teach rock & roll to private school kids is so funny and it’s thrilling to see them all become a fantastic rock band. Their great song is also fun to see develop! See: more blog posts 

Extra bonus:

50 First Dates (2004) 
This romantic comedy stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and is hilarious and touching at the same time. I wanted to include a Sandler movie on this list because many of his comedies make me laugh and feel good despite other people not liking them! See: more blog posts 

So whenever you feel down, sad, stuck or depressed remember that “feel good” films can instantly lift your spirits and re-energize you. And if you have favourite films view them now as your Resilience Resources. See them as your own personal “movie prescriptions” to light up your day and give you the drive to keep moving forward at work and in life. That’s the true power of cinema!

SEE:
TOP 15 MOVIES FOR DEALING WITH DEPRESSION, WINTER BLUES & SAD: click here

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B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Insights, Epiphanies & AHA moments 

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“Movies for Motivation: How To Stay Strong in Your Life & Career”
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Tip#827: Follow Your Heart - Top Five

Depression can be very debilitating whether it is situational depression or mild clinical depression. But I believe that if you are passionate about something you can fuel your enthusiasm and drive to move forward even if just for a moment. For example no matter what lows I’ve experienced over the years my love for movies and for writing this blog always re-energizes my indestructible optimism. Following my heart refocuses me on joy rather than despair.

Check out this fascinating video clip of motivational speaker Tony Robbins help show a woman a method of transforming out of a depressed state quickly. It's an example of how focusing on a positive, feel good emotion (in this case a memory of an exciting sexual experience!) can break you out of a negative mind state. See: video clip

Top Five (2014)

The comedy film, Top Five, is about a successful movie star, Andre Allen (Chris Rock), at a crossroads in his career. With the help of a reporter named Chelsea (Rosario Dawson) Andre reveals his true stories and feelings about his life. All the performances are fantastic and funny and the film is filled with cameos like Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld and Ben Vereen. See: movie trailer

Rock also wrote and directed this film that seems to mirror elements of his own life experiences in hilarious scenes and also very heartfelt moments. And despite feeling challenged, his character Andre allows Chelsea to bring out his “rigorous honesty” about the reasons behind his unhappiness with his work and his love life. They end up helping each other get to the heart of each others problems and more forward with passion, joy and enthusiasm.

Following your heart is a matter of focus and when you do this your passion can flow and re-energize you no matter what adversities you face at work or in life. Be inspired by movie heroes that find the courage to change their life and follow what’s in their heart.  Be inspired to bring out your own "rigorous honesty"!

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B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Insights, Epiphanies & AHA moments 

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Motivational Speaker & Resilience Expert
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tip#826: See Life As An Adventure, Part 5 - Water for Elephants

“You’re in for the ride of your life!”
Water for Elephants (2011)

I continue to experience unusually high SAD/depression symptoms during this cold winter. And yet my indestructible optimism is keeping me focused on my positive vision of having vibrant mental health. I am using my own creative visualization techniques to expect my dreams and goals will manifest. And I remind myself each and every day that the highs and lows of my life is part of my adventure!

In searching for a new guided meditation on visualization I came across a wonderful one by Carrie Green, founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association in the UK (click here). In her video introduction she also recommended listening to inspirational music and shared a favourite that was the theme from the film Water for Elephants (only used in the movie trailer). Her love and enthusiasm for this music intrigued me to immediately watch the movie.

Thanks to Carrie, I once again felt I was magically and synchronistically led to this movie to lift me up just like the movie hero being led onto the adventure of his life despite the challenges he faced.

Water for Elephants (2011)

The romantic drama, Water for Elephants, is about Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson & Hal Holbrook) and his adventures joining the Benzini Brothers Circus after losing his home, career plans and parents to a car accident during the Great Depression. This film captures the magical excitement of the circus and has powerful performances by Pattinson, Holbrook, Christoph Waltz, Reese Witherspoon AND Tai as Rosie the elephant! See: movie trailer 


There is one scene near the beginning where Jacob forces himself not to look back as he leaves his home for the last time and just moves forward. That is what creative visualization is about. You must keep focused on the future and not focused on your current adversities.

And though Jacob didn’t have a precise vision of what he wanted he felt his parents led him to jumping onto the circus train. He was open to having an adventure! He ended up experiencing living on a train, traveling across the US, using his talents and skills as a veterinarian, dressing and dining in upper class style AND finding love.

If you are going through challenges in the workplace or in life do your very best to define what you want and stay focused on a positive future for yourself. Listen to visualization meditations like Carrie Green’s and watch uplifting movies to inspire you and increase your positive emotional energy. And remember to always see your life as an adventure with all its highs and lows!

RECOMMENDED:
How to Breakthrough & Get to Where You Want + Free Success Visualization
By Carrie Green: Click here

Related Tips:
Tip#655: See Life As An Adventure, Part 1 - Kon-Tiki
Tip#667: See Life As An Adventure, Part 2 – 4 Movie Tips
Tip#670: See Life As An Adventure, Part 3 – The Forbidden Kingdom
Tip#704: See Life As An Adventure, Part 4 - The Book Thief
Tip#826: See Life As An Adventure, Part 5 - Water for Elephants

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Sunday, February 08, 2015

Tip#825: Resilience Resources, Part 10 – Mental Health & Healthcare - Big Hero 6

“I’m not giving up on you. You don’t understand this yet but people need you. So let’s get back to work.” 
Big Hero 6 (2014)

Over the past year the topic of mental health and healthcare have been top of my mind not just for my life and work but to better help others close to me. I’ve also studied the importance of balanced neurotransmitters for proper brain and body function. That’s why it stunned me recently to finally see the Disney film Big Hero 6 that explores these themes. It excited me to know that kids, as well as adults, would be introduced to concepts that would benefit their understanding of their health and the well being of others. Read: Basics on neurotransmitters

Big Hero 6 (2014)

The computer-animated superhero action comedy film, Big Hero Six, is about a 14-year-old robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) who forms a superhero team to fight a masked villain in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo. With highly entertaining characters, exciting, colourful visuals this film also has many life lessons and touching emotional moments. See: movie trailer


“On a scale from 1 to 10 how would you rate your pain?” 

“Shake things up! Use that big brain of yours to think your way out. Look for a new angle.” 

The marketing for Big Hero 6 focused more on the character of Baymax (Scott Adsit) as a cute cuddly inflatable robotic character but he is much more. Baymax was invented to be a personal healthcare companion. And when he sees Hiro in emotional pain from a death in the family he wants to help. Baymax downloads information on bereavement to better understand and help him heal. See: 2nd movie trailer focused on Baymax as healthcare companion

Whether it comes across as humorous or clinical, when Baymax speaks he actually shares important tips for helping someone with their mental, emotional and physical health. Even the power of a warm hug is demonstrated constantly. Science already shows that a hug releases the hormone oxytocin into our bodies lowering levels of stress hormones. Read: hug health benefits

Teamwork and leadership are also part of the many other themes in the film that could inspire you to be more productive in the workplace and in life.

Inspiring Themes:
• Having a Vision
• Problem Solving
• Innovation
• Mental Health
• Healthcare
• Grieving/Bereavement
• Letting Go/Healing
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Unique Skills/Talent Development
• Courage
• Compassion

Movies that you watch, especially favourites, are filled with life lessons and can become your Resilience Resources for being stronger in the workplace and your daily life. Family films can also go a long way in opening up dialogue for family members of any age dealing with health issues. Ultimately these movies can help you better understand how you can help someone heal and feel better.

Related Tips:
Tip#801: Resilience Is Your Hidden Super Power, Part 5 - Whiplash 
Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything
Tip#805: Resilience Resources, Part 2 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Tip#810: Resilience Resources, Part 3 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - A League of Their Own
Tip#811: Resilience Resources, Part 4 – Top 15 Movies for Dealing with Depression & Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Tip#812: Resilience Resources, Part 5 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Mumford
Tip#813: Resilience Resources, Part 6 - 50 First Dates  
Tip#819: Resilience Resources, Part 7 - Wild 
Tip#822: Resilience Resources, Part 8 - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Tip#823: Resilience Resources, Part 9 – Super Bowl -Invincible
Tip#825: Resilience Resources, Part 10 – Mental Health & Healthcare - Big Hero 6

NEED FAST TIPS FOR STAYING POSITIVE & RESILIENT?
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A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Insights, Epiphanies & AHA moments 

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“Movies for Motivation: How To Stay Strong in Your Life & Career”
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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker & Resilience Expert
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience in Your Work & Life!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2015