Jan and I are big movie fans. We love to check out what’s at our local cinema, but what we really relish is to settle in for the night with one of our many favorites. And, for me, Hoosiers tops the list, as you can see from the video below! (More videos like this will be available soon on my Facebook page, so "like" this page to make sure you don’t miss any of them.)
As a former athlete, I can appreciate the motivation and inspiration that I never fail to receive from the movie. I have yet to watch it and not cry. In fact, I think there are times I am drawn to the movie just for the emotional release.
Letting go emotionally is not just good for your soul, it’s great for your heart too. As I’ve written time and time again (and as I explain on the video), chronic psychological stress is one of the most overlooked causes of heart disease.
Fortunately, if you can learn to recognize the triggers of your stress and defuse them, you will be less prone to angina, irregular heartbeat, heart attack and stroke, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular problems.
That’s where your favorite movie comes in. Movies allow you to feel fear, get outraged, belly laugh, or sob. No matter which it is, the emotional release helps you diffuse your stress and, ultimately, soothe your heart and soul.
So, in the spirit of the Oscar season and great movies everywhere, make yourself a promise this weekend. Set aside some time to go to a movie or pop in your favorite DVD and prepare to scream, laugh, cry, or all three.
If you are on Facebook, visit my Facebook page. While there, join the movie discussion! What is your favorite movie and how does it touch you? What do you do to help yourself release pent-up emotion?
Not on Facebook? Share your story here. Maybe I’ll pick up a new cinematic favorite and learn a few stress-reducing tips myself!