Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tip#813: Resilience Resources, Part 6 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - 50 First Dates

Today is the 14th anniversary of my Dad’s unexpected passing and he’s been on my mind more than usual. I’ve even been finding more shiny dimes which is always a divine message his spirit is watching over me (see: tip#145, tip#313, tip#638, tip#665, tip#740).

Last night I felt compelled to watch 50 First Dates again mainly because the humour and sunny Hawaiian locations would lift me up from my winter blues (SAD) symptoms. At the end credits I got a chill up my spine because there was a dedication to Adam Sandler’s dad who passed away at the time…

“This Movie is dedicated to Stanley Sandler. My father, my mentor, my teacher, my coach, my idol, my hero, my family's leader, my mom's best friend, and by far the coolest guy I will have ever known. We will miss you every day, but we will always try to make you proud.” 

Coincidence? Synchronicity? It doesn’t matter to me because I just saw this as a message that my dad guided me to see this film and a comforting reminder he is here with me.

50 First Dates (2004)

The romantic comedy film, 50 First Dates, is about a veterinarian named Henry (Adam Sandler) working in Hawaii and falls in love with Lucy (Drew Barrymore) who has a short-term memory impairment. Lucy is unable to remember events of the previous day when she wakes up the next morning which prompts Henry to become creative in finding ways to reconnect. See: movie trailer

I’ve seen this film many times and it just gets better and better with its fantastic soundtrack and emotional scenes mix in with hilarious moments. This time I recognized the parallels of Henry’s daily creativity to help cope with his challenge with my own creative methods for dealing with depression (see: tip#805). I was also inspired by Henry’s indestructible optimism and perseverance. Lucy’s father’s dedication to help her daughter cope was also touching to see. It reminded me that even if my dad isn’t here in the physical that I still feel his love and support.

Favourite movies like this can be a never-ending resource for inspiration and uplifting entertainment. They can also be heartfelt reminders of the support you can receive and give to someone facing difficult situations. Watch a favourite film right now to lift you up!

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 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - 50 First Dates 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tip#812: Resilience Resources, Part 5 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Mumford

Despite the elevated symptoms and discomfort this winter of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) I am focusing on this time as an adventure in connecting with mental health organizations, professionals and experts worldwide. My vision is to share my movie tips as powerful Resilience Resources that could help others. I’ve been using my social media channels like twitter and achieved fantastic results!

I have discovered over 30 mental health related twitter accounts in Canada, US and the UK.. Several have favorited my tweets or messaged me such the Mood Disorders Society of Canada and Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal, author of Winter Blues (see tip#804). It was exciting to hear from Dr. Rosenthal who tweeted “You have some great movies in there, thank you for sharing” in response to seeing my Top 15 Movies for Dealing with Depression & SAD (see tip#811)


Another exciting connection I made was with Anthony Tobia, associate professor of psychiatry at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, US. There Tobia created an innovative course called “Film Depictions to Learn Mental Disease” where students tweet their insights while watching films like Forrest Gump and Silver Linings Playbook.

“Movies can teach so much about psychopathology and psychiatry, including diagnostics, issues of medical ethics, the stigma of mental illness.” Anthony Tobia, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Discovering Tobia’s work thrilled me because it demonstrates a need to learn more about mental health and that films and social media are being used as powerful learning tools. And it just sounds like a lot of fun too! Read more: click here

Mumford (1999)

The romantic comedy-drama film, Mumford, is set in a small, picturesque town where residents are receiving highly effective, offbeat advice from new psychologist Dr. Mumford (Loren Dean). Each case is fascinating and entertainingly quirky with great performances by Dean and Hope Davis, Jason Lee, Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard, David Paymer, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Martin Short and Zooey Deschanel in her first film role. See: movie trailer


I really enjoyed this hidden gem of a movie which The New York Times referred to as a “Frank Capra-Style Social Fable”. Dr. Mumford was inspiring because he had a natural talent for listening and that simple gift allowed him to help his clients reveal their secret lives and overcome their challenges quickly. As a result they are quick to support him when his own personal secret is revealed. You will wish you had someone to talk to like Dr. Mumford!

This film is a highly recommended Resilience Resource for entertainment purposes as well as gaining insights on the importance of finding supportive people or counselors. It also could inspire you to be a good listener for someone else!

Please let me know whatever insights you gained from the movie. I would love to hear from you!

Read Rave Reviews:
Roger Ebert 
Entertainment Weekly 

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 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - 50 First Dates  

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

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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Tip#811: Resilience Resources, Part 4 – Top 15 Movies for Dealing with Depression & Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

The Christmas holidays may not be a happy time for some people. In 2000 my loving father unexpectedly passed away just before Christmas and I never got a chance to say goodbye. And now that this is the first holiday season I am aware of my seasonal affective disorder, I have been researching all I can to manage the SAD depression symptoms I feel. Thankfully movies have become more powerful than ever in fueling my perseverance and positivity.

As I wrote in tip#801 movies are one of the best coping tools for dealing with depression according to depression author Therese J. Borchard. Films help relieve the brain of ruminating, self-defeating thoughts during depression, winter blues or SAD. The following 15 movies are favourites that have helped me with these key themes:

• Excellent cinematic role models for resilience & perseverance
• Reminders for focusing on a vision or goal
• Training the mind for indestructible optimism
• Reminders there are always supportive people
• Movies alleviate ruminating & self-defeating loop in the brain

A Beautiful Mind (2001) 
This winner of the Oscar for Best Picture is based on a true story and inspires perseverance in coping with a mental disorder with unconditional love and support from others. Read more: Tip#322

The Artist (2011) 
Another winner of an Oscar for Best Picture, this joyful feel-good film will remind you that there are real-life guardian angels ready to support you when you experience crisis and hopelessness. Read more: Tip#807 

As Good As it Gets (1997) 
This romantic comedy shows how a man suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder can learn how to cope more socially with the help of strong-willed, patient friends. Read more: Tip#137

50 First Dates (2004) 
This romantic comedy shows how one can be creative, optimistic and persevere in helping someone deal with a challenging mental disorder. Read more: Tip#186

Groundhog Day (1993) 
This romantic comedy can mirror your own challenges of experiencing a never-ending loop in your life. The story also contains many life-lessons that can help you transform the challenges you face. It is also a metaphor for the ruminating that happens in the brain during depression. Read more: Tip#727

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 
This superhero film is an excellent resource for reminding you of the power of supportive friendships when you feel like a misfit or an outsider. It is also a fantastic feel-good film filled with humour and a treasure of popular songs from the 70’s. Read more: Tip#779

Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014) 
This film can inspire you to focus on the positives in life and whatever makes you happy. There are many uplifting life lessons throughout as you follow a man’s mission around the world for identifying happiness. Read more: Tip#792

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 
This classic Christmas film is overflowing with reminders of the joys of life and the loving power of friends, family and prayer. It is also a reminder that even in the depths of depression that you are never alone. Read more: Tip#714

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010) 
This comedy drama demonstrates that coping with mental challenges can come from creative activity and expression such as art and drawing. Read more: Tip#805 

Life of Pi (2012) 
This visually stunning film will inspire you to persevere no matter how hopeless your current situation looks. It also reminds of the importance of having faith in God or a higher power in dark times. Read more: Tip#608

Peaceful Warrior (2006) 
This drama is overflowing with life lessons for achieving goals and overcoming crisis. Its mystical, magical moments will also inspire you to believe in the impossible and when life appears hopeless. Read more: Tip#69

Rocky Balboa (2006) 
This final chapter shows Rocky in his late 50’s demonstrating incredible resilience despite living a life alone he didn’t expect to have. His inspirational speech to his son is a must see for motivation. See: Tip#717 See: Rocky’s speech 

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 
This film inspires on so many levels especially when it is revealed of how a man remains positive despite being wrongfully accused and jailed for decades. He maintained an inner strength AND a clear vision he focused on to get him through the pain he endured. Read more: Tip#188

Silver Lining Playbook (2012) 
This romantic comedy-drama demonstrates the love and support of family and friends for someone with a bipolar disorder. It also shows the transformative power of having a project/vision/goal to focus on. Read more: Tip#621

The Theory of Everything (2014) 
This story is based on the life of physicist Stephen Hawking, his motor neuron disease and showing him as an amazing role model for resilience while also showing the unconditional love and support from his wife Jane Wilde. Read more: Tip#804

These are just some of the many films out there that could make a positive difference in your life right now. Give your mind and spirit a healthy distraction through cinema. Let yourself feel the uplifting power of movies and feel a sense of hope lighting your way out of a dark place.

And if you know someone dealing with depression, winter blues or seasonal affective disorder right now please share these 15 movies to become their Resilience Resources. You could be the real-life angel they’ve been praying for!

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 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - 50 First Dates   

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Tip#810: Resilience Resources, Part 3 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - A League of Their Own

Synchronicities always blow my mind when they happen and are usually a sign I am on the right track with something important. As I continue to persevere this winter with high symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) I discovered that comedian, actress, author and television personality Rosie O’Donnell has spoken out about her SAD. This inspired me to continue to be open with my SAD and also made me want to see her film A League of Their Own again.

That same evening I was at a friend’s home and suddenly I heard Tom Hanks and Geena Davis in the living room on their big flat screen TV. I was stunned that A League of Their Own was showing and I got chills up my spine! Also just hours before I wrote down this quote I found online…

"I too suffer from SAD: seasonal disorder... so if it's sunny in Miami, I instantly feel happy, and when it's gray and cloudy, I feel like I'm being tortured by someone." 
Rosie O'Donnell, TODAY Show 2007

So seeing this film again at this synchronistic time was a big reminder for me to stay resilient with my own challenges with SAD, be open about it like Rosie O’Donnell and that movies always have a magical, inspirational place in my life!

A League of Their Own (1992)

The comedy-drama film, A League of Their Own, is a fictional story about the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) in 1943. Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and her sister Kit (Lori Petty) join the first woman’s baseball league calling themselves The Rockwell Peaches during World War II. This movie features hilarious performances by Tom Hanks, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna and Jon Lovitz. See: movie trailer

The Real-Life Rockford Peaches

The story also shows the resilience woman had to endure during much discrimination against them for playing professional baseball. At first their games had very small turnouts and yet when they started to perform for the media they demonstrated their strengths as women AND as talented ball players. Their courage and perseverance helped changed history and society’s views on women as more than just housewives and mothers.

Inspiring Themes:
• Resilience
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Indestructible Optimism
• Teamwork
• Leadership
• Power of the Media

Adversities can come from external circumstances or internally with the thoughts we think or the state of our mental health. Be inspired by movie heroes and real-life stories reminding you that you are never alone in your struggles! Persevere and stay resilient no matter what!

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 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - 50 First Dates   

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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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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tip#809: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 7 – The Man from Earth

For me, science fiction movies are fantastic “what if?” stories and intriguing glimpses into the future or an alternate reality. I recently attended a presentation on eCommerce marketing by Ian Francis of AffiliateTraction Canada where he talked about how Sci Fi movies like Steven Spielberg's Minority Report was coming true with personalized advertising. See: movie clip

In the film you see Tom Cruise’s character walking through a mall and into a Gap store and being personally greeted whenever his eyes are scanned. I always thought that was so cool and this is already beginning to happen today whenever we do online shopping. Sci Fi movies can expand your mind and the way you see the world. And some films can do this without dazzling special effects.


The Man from Earth (2007)

The science fiction film, The Man from Earth, is about Professor John Oldman (David Lee Smith) who claims to have lived more than 14,000 years, sharing this with fellow faculty members. The entire movie is set in and around Oldman’s house and is extremely riveting as everyone discusses and argues the “what if?” story being told. And no special effects! See: movie trailer

This is one of those hidden gem films that can intrigue you into thinking about the possibilities of a seemingly impossible premise. It’s best you see this film without knowing anymore! It reminded me of another “low fi Sci Fi” movie called Coherence (see tip#789) where its brilliance and wild concepts were fueled by an engaging cast.

It doesn’t whether you believe in the outlandish concepts presented in science fiction films. What matters is if they excite your imagination and expand the way you see the world. Wild ideas can change the way we shop and the way we communicate. Do you remember the first time you saw the original Star Trek TV show from the 60’s where Captain Kirk flipped open his communicator? Cool concept for a phone wouldn’t you say? :)

Related Tips:
Tip#748: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 1 - After the Dark 
Tip#772: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 2 – The Congress - Under the Skin
Tip#778: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 3 – I Origins
Tip#789: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 4 – Coherence
Tip#790: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 5 - Frequencies
Tip#803: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 6 – Interstellar
Tip#809: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 7 – The Man from Earth

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

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker & Resilience Expert
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience in Your Work & Life!
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tip#808: The Power of Community and The Media, Pt.2 - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

I’ve been reading an outstanding book called Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg containing fantastic insights on sales and marketing and why people are drawn to certain products. It explains the fascinating success stories of Pepsodent toothpaste, Febreze air freshener and Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps.

The success stories are based on a simple three-step formula called the habit loop: cue, routine, reward. Discover the cue and reward of your product’s audience/customers and they will gravitate to your message. For example Pepsodent’s Cue is “film on your teeth” and the reward is “a sparkling smile”. This habit loop formula can be applied to any media message needed to make a strong connection to any audience.

Once again I synchronistically watched a film that explores this media sales and marketing concept…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)

The science fiction adventure film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, is the third part in the story of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in a dystopian future where she is now needed as a rebellion leader called the Mockingjay. This film feels very different and much darker from the previous two movies though Katniss is riveting to watch as she overcomes extreme emotional pain to become a powerful leader. See: movie trailer

As with the previous two films I was most inspired by scenes where Katniss is helped with her authenticity to be used in the media. In this chapter she is being coached to deliver a video message to rally other districts to join the rebellion. As she is being videotaped in a studio her scripted delivery is obviously not successful. Her team analyzes what worked in the past for Katniss and they discover a solution that allows her authentic emotions flow for the camera. This film demonstrates the power of media, marketing a message and making emotional connections.

Movies can deliver entertainment as well as a myriad of lessons such as how the media can cultivate community and an audience. Be inspired by films whether it is for answers you seek in life, your workplace or business.

Related Tips:
Tip#528: Articulate Your Best To Others – The Hunger Games
Tip#708: Being Genuine & Being Strategic – The Hunger Games Catching Fire
Tip#517: The Power of Community and The Media, Pt.1 – Big Miracle
Tip#808: The Power of Community and The Media, Pt.2 - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

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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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Motivational Speaker & Resilience Expert
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience in Your Work & Life!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2014