Sunday, June 18, 2017

Tip#1048: Activate The Power of Your Mind, Part 5 – Top 4 Movies on Reprogramming Your Life with Positive Lying

I have an app on my iPhone called Happy Note and every day I put in items I am grateful for and keep note of my daily healing practices for mental health & wellness. As of today I’m on day 112 of my self-love affirmations and self-hugging exercises thanks to Rhythmical Massage Therapist Elias Abdel Ahad (see tip#1029). And it is day 68 of doing one of the two guided meditation recordings by Dr. Joe Dispenza from his book You Are the Placebo (see tip#1041).

These two daily exercises are all connected to reprogramming my thoughts and feelings for feel-good positivity and indestructible optimism. They involve the following tools and methods that I blog and speak about in my motivational talks. Click on topics for related posts...

Affirmations (verbal & written) 
Neural Linguistic Programming (NLP) & Future Pacing
Understanding the reticular activating system (RAS) 
Creative Visualization/Mental Imagery 
Prayer & Meditation 
Pleasurable Activities (cognitive behavioral therapy CBT) 

All these techniques have been powerful in helping me cope and transcend depression and anxiety symptoms and have become part of my lifestyle. The guided meditations are 45 to 60 minutes and were difficult at first but I have dedicated myself to doing them every day even if I fall asleep! The idea is to continuously focus on the positive reality I want rather than what is missing in my life and work at that moment. It’s about tapping into your imagination and consciously creating and manifesting the world you want!

Some may say this is lying to your self and yet it can also be seen as a positive lie with a strong sense of play! Here are some of my favourite movies that inspire this concept and are also full of entertaining, hilarious moments!

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

This comedy film is about con artist Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine) a longtime resident of the French Riviera who trains his competitor, Freddy Benson (Steve Martin) for a joint scam in hustling Janet Colgate (Glenne Headly), a naive American heiress. There are so many memorable and funny scenes in this movie and all three leads are brilliant in their performances! It is inspiring to see how each immerses themselves in the roles they must play even when they are put on the spot to adapt convincingly.

Housesitter (1992)

This romantic comedy film is about con artist Gwen (Goldie Hawn) who moves into the empty house without the knowledge of Newton Davis (Steve Martin) who built it. The lies that compound upon each other told by Gwen and Newton are hilarious and also amazing to see how they help each other achieve their goals in career, love and family. What is inspiring to see is how they team up and learn to improvise effectively. This film has a similar tone as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels because it is the same director, Frank Oz (the voice of Yoda from Star Wars films).

The Invention of Lying (2009)

This romantic comedy film is set in an alternate reality world where no one has ever lied until down-on-his-luck writer Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) develops a skill for lying and begins manifesting what he wants and desires. This funny movie is also very thought provoking in helping you realize we tell lies to ourselves every day. So why not start telling ourselves positive lies help create a positive mindset? The film eventually demonstrates that lying for personal gain has its consequences and yet can also provide others with happiness when the intention is loving.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

This biographical crime film is inspired by the life of Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) who worked as a doctor, a lawyer and as a co-pilot for a major airline all before his 18th birthday. This Steven Spielberg movie is very entertaining and fascinating to watch Frank learn how to play each of these professions and be believable to others.

Other movies I recommend include the Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen movies that feature funny and memorable roles the characters create in order to achieve their goals and objectives.

The biggest take-away I recommend you recognize from all these movies is how each character fully embodies the lie or new reality they focus on. Recognize how they believe so much in their roles, both in mind and heart, in order to manifest the objectives and reality they want. The only difference is for you to focus on the goals and dreams you desire without the intention of hurting anyone.

Let all these films inspire you to role-play the most positive and successful version of yourself! Let these movie heroes mirror you inner strengths and potential for reprogramming the life and careers you dream of. And the movies you find entertaining will also help activate your positive emotional energy and that is invaluable fuel from your heart for playing your roles with zest and fun!

Related Tips:
Tip#840: Activate The Power of Your Mind, Part 4 – Top 20 Movies for Quantum Physics & Quantum Realities
Tip#1029: Learning to Love Yourself, Part 2 – How To Be Single
Tip#1041: Facing the Monsters in Your Life - Anxiety & Bullying - Colossal

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C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Tip#1047: The Benefits of Horror Movies – Get Out - Life


I was surprised to learn that watching scary movies actually releases feel-good brain chemicals like dopamine. For years I’ve been researching the positive benefits of increasing brain chemicals like dopamine (see tip#1032) for helping clinical depression so it was a big eye opener to know more about what happens to the mind and body when watching a horror film.

Margee Kerr, a sociologist specializing in fear (author of Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear), says that scary films trigger our “fight or flight” mode releasing our “go hormones”: adrenaline, endorphins, serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine. Our metabolism and heart rate increases that can, in the right circumstance, feel really good, because that physiological response has a lot in common with other “high arousal states,” like when we’re really excited, laughing, happy or full of joy and surprise.

Read more:
The Psychology of Scary Movies
Exactly What Happens To Your Body When You Watch Horror Movies
How horror films can be good for you - CNN.com

In addition, according to Thomas Straube’s 2009 study of neural reactions to scary movies, the brain tends to function similarly when we’re watching these situations to how it does when we’re actually experiencing them. This connects with powerful personal growth tools of mental imagery and creative visualization that Olympic champions utilize for their successes. This amazing tool is something I use everyday and teach in my motivational talks. See my other blog posts: Tip#831, Tip#980

Horror films are not my favourite genre and yet there are many I’ve really enjoyed over the years like Jaws, The Sixth Sense, Silence of the Lambs and the original Halloween and Carrie films. Here are two recent examples to trigger your dopamine flowing!

Get Out (2017)

The horror film, Get Out, is about Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and his mysterious visit to his girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) parents country estate. This is a genuinely creepy and smart movie with riveting performances by the leads as well as Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Betty Gabriel, Keith Stanfield, Stephen Root and more. The trailer shows way too much so I highly recommend you just see the film!

The director is Jordan Peele of the comedy duo Key & Peele and this directorial debut got rave reviews for its amazing balance of scary and a commentary on racial paranoia. Peele is a huge movie buff and this film also makes nods to other horror films.

Life (2017)

The science fiction horror film, Life, is about a group of astronauts aboard the International Space Station dealing with a microscopic alien life from Mars that begins to grow. This intense film features a unique alien and many gripping moments with a great diverse cast that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and Olga Dihovichnaya. See: movie trailer

This movie is reminiscent of the original Alien film by Ridley Scott though it has its scary moments. It also features a great single continuous shot in its opening scene that lasts over five minutes. The alien that slowly grows is fascinating to watch and frightening in its resilience. Whatever you do please do not read anymore about this film so you don’t discover any spoilers. Just see it!

So if you enjoy roller coasters, haunted houses or horror movies that scare the pants off you then remember the benefits they provide that trigger positive brain chemicals to flow. These are chemicals that can lead to you feeling more alert, focused, confident and happier to deal with your daily life and work challenges. Feel this rush today!

Related Tips:
Tip#1032: What Makes You Laugh? - Part 5 - Crazy People
Tip#831: Creative Visualization, Part 1 - Reticular Activating System (RAS) - Focus
Tip#980: Creative Visualization, Part 3 – Mental Imagery - Rio Olympics 2016 – 4 Inspiring Movies

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A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Inspiration & Motivation 

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Motivational Speaker on Health & Wellness
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Tip#1046: Increase Your Positive Emotional Energy, Part 4 - Wonder Woman

More than ever we need examples of heroes to inspire us while we face the challenges happening in our world today. These heroes, both male and females, can also come in the form of cinematic role models. For me, these movie heroes are one of many resources I use to keep me filled with positive emotional energy!

10th Annual Casa Loma Yard Sale

I had an epic day after seeing Wonder Woman on its opening day! It was a sunny and warm Saturday morning and I felt fantastic as I explored the 10th Annual Casa Loma Yard Sale here in Toronto. Afterwards I walked downtown soaking up the sun’s bright rays and came across a free BBQ at a church where I enjoyed meeting new people and delicious BBQ chicken, three kinds of potato salads, hamburgers and hotdogs!

Hatha Yoga Class

I later headed to my Hatha yoga class for another rejuvenating session for my body, mind and spirit. It also included a soothing head massage from the instructor! I was feeling so grateful and blissful afterwards and I know its thanks to all the work I’ve been doing maintaining and improving my mental health and wellness (see tip#1045).

Meeting Wesley Snipes

What helped build my positive emotional energy to this day were exciting moments in the week like meeting action hero legend Wesley Snipes and up and coming star Hannah Rose May at the preview screening of their film, The Recall (more on this on a future post).

Finding Six Dimes

I also found six dimes within three days which has never happened before! As I’ve written on this blog these are divine signs and reminders that my dad’s spirit is with me (see tip#966). Amazingly I found three on the day I saw Wonder Woman. These magical moments always excite me! Looking back, all of these recent events helped elevated my spirit, feel-good energy and confidence. This is how I also feel whenever I see an amazing, inspiring movie hero!

Wonder Woman (2017)

The superhero film, Wonder Woman, is about Diana (Gal Gadot), princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior and discovers World War I and her purpose for helping the world. This movie is filled with epic moments, exciting action scenes and memorable performances by Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen and Danny Huston. See: movie trailer

There is so much to love about this movie especially in having a new cinematic role model of a female superhero. Diana/Wonder Woman exemplifies a passionate, fiercely courageous woman who exudes confidence and excellent leadership qualities. The opening scenes of Diana as a child growing up is sure to inspire children of all ages with her strong, determined spirit. Gadot is truly radiant in her role and the director Patty Jenkins has paved the way for other female directors to shine!

The life lessons of what a hero is and the power of love also stand out as reasons I highly recommend this film as an enduring source of inspiration and motivation. You will also see many examples of resilience, perseverance and indestructible optimism.

Inspiring Themes:
• Finding Your Purpose
• Courage
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Supportive Relationships
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Power of Love

In times when you are overwhelmed with life, work or upsetting situations in our world today movie heroes can empower you to stay strong. They can inspire you to find your inner strengths and hidden potential. Movies, as well as, special events, sunny weather, exercise and magical moments can all help you active your positive emotional energy! There are always specific films or activities you enjoy that can be a rich source of energy for you. Find one today!

Related Tips:
Tip#164: Increase Your Positive Emotional Energy, Part 1 - Kung Fu Panda
Tip#960: Increase Your Positive Emotional Energy, Part 2 - X-Men: Apocalypse
Tip#962: Increase Your Positive Emotional Energy, Part 3 - The Present 
Tip#1046: Increase Your Positive Emotional Energy, Part 4 - Wonder Woman  Tip#968: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 5 - Erin Brockovich

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B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Inspiration & Motivation 

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Motivational Speaker on Health & Wellness
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tip#1045: Just Have Fun, Part 7 - The Fate of the Furious - The Great Wall

Learning to heal myself and maintain my mental health and wellness doesn’t feel like a chore when it feels fun. I recently restarted taking yoga classes and the location, with wall-to-wall windows and view of the Toronto skyline, makes exercising a joy!

And when it comes to increasing my hydration I’ve learned how to make that more fun too. As I wrote in tip#982 adults are recommended to drink 2 litres of water which for me had been a challenge. That is a lot of water and many trips to the washroom! But in my research I discovered that electrolytes were equally important so I learned to make homemade electrolyte drinks. The recipe is so simple and delicious that it makes hydrating myself daily much more enjoyable.

 Homemade Electrolyte Drink:
• 10 oz. spring water
• 1/4 Himalayan pink salt (has 84 trace minerals)
• 1 teaspoon lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon organic/pure maple syrup

And when it comes to films, sometimes you just want to escape and enjoy the ride with good ol fashion popcorn movies! Here are two I recommend.

The Fate of the Furious (2017)

The action film, The Fate of the Furious (Fast 8), is the eighth installment in this cinematic series of sexy, fast cars and returning cast members like Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson. If you enjoy this franchise then the plot doesn’t really matter because you know you’ll be immersed in the heroic and funny characters, exotic locations and exhilarating, superhero-like action sequences. See: movie trailer


What makes each chapter of this series extra fun is seeing who joins in these action adventures. In Fast 8 it is Charlize Theron as the villain. And seeing Johnson and Statham’s characters verbally spar was hilarious! Overall I always enjoy the ongoing theme of family and team spirit that is at the heart of this series.

The Great Wall (2016)

The action fantasy film, The Great Wall, is about a European mercenary, William Garin (Matt Damon), encountering the Great Wall of China during the Song Dynasty. This movie is filled with epic scenery, dazzling costumes and inventive battle sequences with a massive horde of vicious monsters. The diverse cast also feature great characters and performances by Jing Tian as Commander Lin Mae, Pedro Pascal as Pero Tovar, Willem Dafoe as Sir Ballard and Andy Lau as Wang, Strategist and War Counselor. See: movie trailer

This film unfortunately suffered negative press around the alleged “white washing” casting of Damon in a lead role of an Asian story. However when you see this film you will see that this is not the case at all. I believe it was the way the movie was marketed that made it appear like “white washing”. I highly recommend you give this fantastic film a chance, Damon is a great action star here and demonstrates excellent leadership and teamwork skills!

Any task can feel like a chore when there isn’t some aspect of joy involved. Be open to finding that sense of fun in your tasks and the experience may surprise you. And when it comes to movies let your positive emotional energy flow with a film that takes you away for an hour or two. Treat yourself to a fun cinematic ride today!

Related Tips:
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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B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Inspiration & Motivation 

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Motivational Speaker on Health & Wellness
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tip#1044: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 4 – Galaxy Quest

“Never give up, never surrender!” 
Galaxy Quest (1999)

My energy and spirit always lights up whenever I discuss my passion for films with other people! I recently was thrilled to be interviewed on the show This Movie’s About You with Thom Ernst, former host of TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies, and Louis Marrone. Their show’s theme is about ideal movie double bills and I talked about Groundhog Day and Pleasantville and how they each inspired me with laughter and escapism. I was also happy to share their inspirational value while dealing with long periods of depression. Listen to interview: This Movie’s About You

It was a joy talking about movies with Thom and Louis and as the interview progressed I could feel myself getting more hyper and you can hear it in my voice when you listen to the recording! This was an example and an important reminder of what I teach in my motivational talks in that when you engage in a passion it can elevate positive moods and thoughts. In cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) this is also known as engaging in pleasurable activities.

This positive emotional energy also got triggered recently at the Vaughan International Film Festival Awards where I enjoyed a delicious four-course dinner, tasty libations and being with good friends! The evening was celebrating movies and I got to meet wonderful filmmakers such as Tom McCarthy, Oscar-winning sound editor of Francis Ford Coppola's BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA and his wife Roxanne Jones McCarthy, assistant sound editor on the original STAR WARS movie! They were both so nice and down to earth.

I was also very excited to meet Enrico Colantoni who played the hilarious Mathesar, leader of an alien race in the SCI FI comedy Galaxy Quest. I loved his character and told him he was one the best parts of the film! He was at this event to receive the Independent Leadership Award. And though he’s been in many movies and TV shows like Veronica Mars and Flashpoint his role in Galaxy Quest always helped re-energize me with laughter and joy. I still remember the first time seeing this film in New York City with close friends and laughing so hard at how silly and quirky Mathesar talked and laughed!

Galaxy Quest (1999)

The science fiction action comedy film, Galaxy Quest, is about actors of a popular TV series called Galaxy Quest who are recruited by real aliens to help them against an alien warlord. This hilarious movie is filled with many funny performances by Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell and Enrico Colantoni. See: movie trailer

Enrico Colantoni's role as Mathesar is a brilliant combination of verbal and physical comedy while giving unexpected moments that will touch your heart. There is also some great action scenes and space battles that pay great homage to the original Star Trek show and its movies. In addition, this film is also an excellent inspirational tool for leadership, teamwork, believing in yourself and pushing forward from adversity.

Always remember the uplifting power of cinema when you are feeling down or stuck in your life, health or work. Whether you are laughing, receiving insights or epiphanies from the movie characters on screen you are getting re-energized in some meaningful way. Your negative mood and thoughts will be transformed. Watch an uplifting film today and let your positive emotional energy flow!

Related Tips:
Tip#1000: The Uplifting Power of Cinema – Celebrating 1,000 Movie Tips & In the Film song 
Tip#1038: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 2 - The Zookeeper’s Wife 
Tip#1040: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 3 - Their Finest 
Tip#1044: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 4 – Galaxy Quest
Tip#843: Great Teamwork Movies, Part 5 - Galaxy Quest
Tip#210: Unleash Your Expertize – Galaxy Quest

NEW INTERVIEW WITH EMMANUEL:
Listen to Emmanuel’s interview on the podcast show THIS MOVIE’S ABOUT YOU with Thom Ernst (former host of TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies) and Louis Marrone. Emmanuel discusses his ideal double bill of GROUNDHOG DAY and PLEASANTVILLE and how they helped him cope with clinical depression. Click here

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE THAT NEEDS CHEERING UP?
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Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker on Health & Wellness
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2017