Sunday, June 26, 2011
Tip#468: Animate Your Optimism - Disney’s Tangled
I've had an exciting week being featured in the media! I was in a group photo on the cover of The Toronto Star, Saturday June 25th with other people caught in the G20 riot police kettling that happened a year ago (see tip#369). I was also interviewed on CIUT FM's Career Buzz Show by hosts Louisa and Tim Jewell. We discussed new research from a book called The Optimism Bias by Tali Sharot that proves we are all hardwired for optimism.
I've always believed I was hardwired for optimism. Some people are surprised that I didn't feel any fear with my G20 riot police experience. It was because I was able to remain resilient and positive. I knew everything was going to be okay. I had also spent years increasing my indestructible optimism! On the radio show I said that building this positive mindset was about feeding your mind with positive words and images AND movies to help you visualize positive realities you desired. Repetition was key.
The movie Tangled is Disney's 50th animated feature and first to fully use computer generated images. It is based on the classic fairy tale Rapunzel with Mandy Moore voicing the lead character. Rapunzel has been kept imprisoned in a tower all her life and dreams of leaving to discover the meaning of lights in the sky that always appear on her birthday. She maintains her optimism to achieve this dream despite people trying to hold her back.
The movie is also a musical that is classic Disney with songs that are full of life, positivity and joy. Watching films like this over and over again is what helps increase your positive emotional energy. And this positive energy is what can train your mind to behave with optimism when faced with adversities.
Disney's actual mission statement is simple: "To make people happy". Having an optimistic mindset is about practicing feeling positive and having a happy frame of mind even when your current situation is otherwise. So feed your mind daily with positive words, images and movies that lift you up!
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