Having fun is actually an important coping tool I learned from taking CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, referred to as pleasurable activities. Making a list and engaging in enjoyable activities always helps ease and stop the ruminating of negative thoughts and feelings I experience with clinical depression. This is also connected to the law of attraction which I practice. Having fun builds positive emotional energy that can fuel indestructible optimism, confidence and courage when facing of adversities in life.
All these practices lead to the increase of happy brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. Movies help trigger these chemicals which is why films are my top favourite tools for my mental health and wellness. I am specifically grateful to the Marvel Cinematic Universe because, for many years, these films embody the essence of pure fun with the added bonus of providing massive amounts of inspiration and motivation!
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
The superhero action film, Ant-Man and the Wasp, is about Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Hope van Dyne/Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) and her father Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) teaming up to rescue Pym’s wife Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) trapped in the Quantum Realm. This entertaining chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is filled with exciting, inventive action scenes, hilarious characters and some emotional, heartfelt moments about love and family. See: movie trailer
But it’s the pure fun that came from this movie that re-energized my spirit and got my happy brain chemicals flowing! I grew up liking Michelle Pfeiffer on screen and happy to see how radiant and gorgeous she still looked today. I also loved how they showed real-life microscopic creatures called Tardigrades when Pym entered the Quantum Realm. It’s a fascinating creature that demonstrates incredible resilience I featured in Tip#829.
Sometimes it's the little, joyful things in life that help increase our positive emotional energy during difficult times. Deciding to take a walk on a sunny, breezy day, revisit nostalgic memories or watching a favourite feel-good movie could be the perfect remedy to rejuvenate your spirit and fuel your indestructible optimism. Review your list of pleasurable activities and have some re-energizing fun today!
Tip#553: Just Have Fun, Part 1 - Rock of Ages
Tip#591: Just Have Fun, Part 2 – Iron Sky
Tip#666: Just Have Fun, Part 3 - This is the End
Tip#736: Just Have Fun, Part 4 – Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars - Frozen
Tip#737: Just Have Fun, Part 5 – Lupita Nyong’o’s Brother Peter – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Tip#854: Just Have Fun, Part 6 – Mad Max: Fury Road
Tip#1045: Just Have Fun, Part 7 - The Fate of the Furious - The Great Wall
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DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION OR DIFFICULT TIMES?
• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression
Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation
Discover How Movies Inspire, Motivate & Empower You!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2018