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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. Utilize that time wisely by listening to what your dreams may be attempting to communicate.

3. Accept your past.

Recognize unhealthy patterns that are impeding your progress toward greater happiness. Scrooge's greed resulted in the loss of his first love. You may need to develop a greater capacity for generosity in order to transform your own relationships.

4. Develop a greater capacity for resilience.

Despite their poverty, the Cratchit family maintains a cheerful disposition. Tiny Tim is grateful for his blessings despite his poverty and handicap. By remaining patient in the face of adversity, we can safeguard our mental health.

Additional Holiday Programs and Films:

1. Put others first.

"Pinky and the Brain," a Steven Spielberg animated feature, is about more than a laboratory mouse attempting to take over the world. The two mice's friendship is evident when Pinky writes to Santa, pleading with him to forget about him and just give Brain what he wants.

2. Contribute to world peace.

"Joyeux Noel" recounts the true story of the 1914 Christmas truce. If German, French, and Scottish troops can agree on a cease-fire on Christmas Eve, perhaps we can all live in greater peace.

3. Have faith in Santa Claus.

"Miracle on 34th Street" appears to have been ahead of its time in its critique of consumerism. Additionally, it is timeless in its affirmation of the importance of faith. Furthermore, it may provide the strongest legal justification for believing in Santa Claus.

Each year, many of us anticipate watching our favourite holiday films and specials. It's an excellent way to revisit and share their inspirational messages with others.

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