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How Classic Holiday Movies Can Help You Live A Richer Life

Updated: Feb 19, 2022

Holiday films and television specials can teach us how to live a better life and experience more happiness throughout the year. Here are some of the most important life lessons from a few well-known classics and some lesser-known works.

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

1. Sing merrily.

Prior to his transformation, the Grinch despised singing. Surround yourself with seasonal music and join in on the singing.

2. Refuse to succumb to commercial pressures.

The Grinch discovered that Christmas does not exist in a store. Place emphasis on the true meaning of the holidays by spending quality time with family and friends and looking for ways to bring joy to others.

3. Allow your heart to grow.

Dr. Seuss suspected the Grinch had a heart that was two sizes too small. Once the Grinch's heart grew threefold he returned the toys he stole, made amends, and grew to love his new friends in Whoville.

"It's a Wonderful Life"

1. Recognize the power a single person can make.

While the challenges in our immediate environment may appear overwhelming at times, we each create our own environment. George Bailey lives a simple life, but he is instrumental in preventing Bedford Falls from devolving into a seedy Pottersville.

2. Recognize the potential for greater outcomes.

With all the talk about "toxic" people, it's easy to forget that we all possess a combination of constructive and destructive characteristics. By appealing to people's inherent goodness, George assists them in achieving success in all aspects of life.

3. Embrace the support from others.

As powerful as George is, he still requires Clarence's assistance to get through a difficult night. Regardless of your flaws, if you're willing to reach out, you can still serve as someone's angel.

"A Christmas Carol"

1. You are never too old to learn.

At times, we may believe that our habits are too entrenched to change. Scrooge demonstrates that even late in life, a life of stinginess can give way to one of kindness.

2. Be aware of your dreams.

We sleep approximately one-third of our lives. Uti