I wonder how much healthier we all would be if children’s movies were a part of our regular routine.

I wonder how much healthier we all would be if children’s movies were a part of our regular routine.

Not that a lot of television or movie watching is healthy, but the insight that comes from some of these movies can benefit our mental health. I love the definition of mental health: the psychological well-being and satisfactory adjustment to society and to the ordinary demands in life (dictionary.com). It’s no wonder children tend to have such optimistic, ambitious attitudes ~ while relaxing and having fun, they are given encouragement for what is truly important in life.

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is one of these great movies. While watching with my children, I was trying to be completely present, not letting laundry, dinner to be cooked or anything else distract me from sharing this time with them, but I quickly had to get a notepad and jot down all the words of wisdom that was shared.

During one part of the movie, Mr. Magorium is training a young apprentice. Initially she doubts her abilities. Mr. Magorium reminds her, “Life is an occasion—Rise to it!” and that she only has to believe in herself to do the job! It seems basic, but the thought that ‘you have what it takes’ easily gets pushed aside. Fear, negative self-talk, old tapes playing in your mind, or people saying it can’t be done become obstacles. Lord Kelvin, president of Royal Society in 1895, and reknowned mathematical physicist and engineer, commented, “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” Luckily that didn’t discourage the Wright brothers, just a few years later, from pursuing their dream.

Our minds can easily focus on negative thinking and we tend to be overly critical of ourselves, so recognizing and accepting ones’ potential, takes considerable effort. We have to be sure those obstacles don’t stand in our way. Whether it’s believing you: can pursue a particular career, meet a special someone, lose weight, deserve a raise, accomplish a goal, or whatever it may be, in order to experience success, you have to first believe in yourself. Sometimes it requires making opportunities for yourself, rather than waiting for them to knock on your door. Give yourself a pep talk and point out the reasons you’re deserving ~ what are your strengths in that particular area? Take time to really look at the potential you have. Ask yourself on a daily basis, “What did I do right?” then make a list. This will strengthen your self-belief. Or you can try enjoying and really engaging in the light-hearted movies occasionally ~ they can offer uplifting and encouraging reminders. Rise to the occasion of life ~ Believe in Yourself!

Believe in your dreams and they may come true; believe in yourself and they will come true. ~ Author unknown