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“The Artist” Presents 5 Winning Life Skills


The Oscar winner The Artist makes a huge statement about our current stressful lifestyles: It’s time to go silent, simpler and spontaneous. Movies present a wonderful opportunity for emotional therapy. Over the course of a couple of hours you can observe from a comfortable distance to learn from a variety of characters how to solve problems similar to yours or adapt to new conditions – just the way they do in the movie. If you don’t get the message the first time you watch, you can view the movie again or with a friend and discuss the life skills.

Who would have guessed that the silent movie with its return to the nostalgic past, when self-help authors are urging you to live in the moment and chuck the past would rise to claim its prestigious place on the center stage! The message of “The Artist” is quite clear. Most people are inundated and overwhelmed by technology. We tend to communicate so much by email and texting and are plugged into our iPods that we are losing the ability to decode facial gestures and body language. We are losing our ability to empathize, desensitized by energy vampires and depleted by fatigue. Because of so much multi-tasking, we lose the ability to reflect and sit quietly to come up with the big idea, the creative solution. Our children always whine, “I’m bored!”
Overloaded by technology, we become robotic and routine imitating technology itself. “The Artist” reminds us all to live more naturally and artfully – to fill our lives with creativity and joy – especially, when we lose, grieve, yearn and hope.

Here are 5 winning daily stress- management skills The Artist presents to its audience:
  • Set aside daily quiet time. Take off your wrist watch and create a technology free-zone, even a corner or window seat in your home, to reflect and percolate.
  • Find your inner artist. Everyone has a creative spark; discover your hobby to fill the sad, disappointing holes in your heart.
  • Activate your natural rhythm. The artist learns to dance when he cannot act in the talkies. Activity alleviates anxiety. First set your internal rhythm. When you are in rhythm with yourself, you are in rhythm in all your relationships.
  • Consider pet therapy. Dogs have eased the suffering of many human souls. A pet’s love is unconditional, no judgment.
  • Activate your cultural competency. Respect and learn from other cultures. The French have created a winning movie to wow American audiences.

For more information on managing your stress and reclaiming your life read my book, Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show




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