Movies to Fight Holiday Depression

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Research actually shows that suspending reality for a couple of hours while watching a movie can help with holiday depression (photo by LivligaHome).

As the holidays approach many of us face depression. It is very common, in fact. There are many reasons that contribute to this shared feeling of hopelessness and unhappiness. Maybe it is because the days are short and the light is limited. Or maybe it is because we are expected to be part of occasions we do not enjoy and do not want to be part of. Then there are the memories that make us sad. There are those we loved who are no longer with us but we wish they were. It is a time when our feelings are the most vulnerable and are most heightened.

Sometimes it is good to give our hearts and brains a break. Research actually shows that suspending reality for a couple of hours while watching a movie can help. It allows those suffering from depression to stop the negative loop of unhappy thoughts. The right kind of movies can also trigger the release of endorphins that can help us feel better. Movies are not a cure-all but they can be a positive tool for relief.

When you are in the mood to watch a movie over the holidays here is a list to get you started. The list, admittedly, is completely subjective. The selections consist of my favorite movies when I need a break, want to feel empowered, uplifted, hopeful and that deliver on happy endings. It is good to know movies can actually be good for our health. Please feel free to add your favorite depression-busters to the list.

Over Coming the Odds


  • Air Force One
  • A Town Like Alice
  • King’s Speech
  • The Blind Side
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • The Rookie
  • Top Gun
  • Rudy

Accomplishing Something Extraordinary


  • Apollo 13
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Fly Away Home
  • Forrest Gump
  • Seabiscuit
  • Secretariat

When You Just Need to Laugh


  • Adam’s Rib
  • Airplane
  • Coming to America
  • Ferris Buellar’s Day Off
  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Some Like it Hot
  • Something’s Gotta Give
  • Tootsie

Romantic Stories with Happy Endings


  • An Affair to Remember
  • Charade
  • Enchanted
  • First Knight
  • Sabrina
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Sound of Music
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Holiday
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • While You Were Sleeping
  • You’ve Got Mail

Stories that Showcase Strong Women


  • A League of Their Own
  • Bridget Jones
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Ever After
  • Julie and Julia
  • Legally Blonde
  • Pretty Woman
  • Soul Surfer
  • Temple Grandin
  • Working Girl





Reposted from Sheila's Blog on The Epoch Times.



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