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Hope for the Holidays

Curing Holiday Blues

by Marie Slayton

Curing Holiday Blues!

While you might be by yourself a few nights this season, there is no reason to feel alone! If this holiday season you are feeling down, there is a simple cure for those dark night blues!

Being alone and feeling alone are quite different. Being by oneself in one's residence is a respectful thing to do, because one can take the time to ensure that peace is brought in. However, the feeling of loneliness is a feeling of being without, of isolation, misunderstanding. There are simple ways to rid oneself of the unnecessary feelings of loneliness and, most likely, one is waiting in the living room.

Movies afford us the opportunity to be visually stimulated or calmed. In addition, we can feel like we are participating in the action we are watching. Such is the process of observation. Identification with scenarios, characters or emotions reminds that our grief walk is not without companions. Consequently, they offer a healthy respite in what might be unwelcome solitude. Taking time out to cry, find a touch of humor or hope in your grief is so important! In addition, watching movies can bring you much needed time out and relaxation.

Curl up with a comfy blanket, a cozy pillow and unwind, be entertained, or perhaps cry. Share your feelings with those on the screen.

1)Miracle Mile

Cry until nothing matters anymore! Susan Sarandon, a depressed Dustin Hoffman and a too cute Jake Gayllanhal make this family drama one of the better grief movies out there. It is so sad it can be freeing.

2)Ghost

Laugh a little! It never hurts to watch Patrick Swayze or Demi Moore - if you are a guy. This classic is out of this world, the kind of movie that brings tears and laughter in the same breath!

3)Waking The Dead

Life beyond death! Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly provide more than adequate visual stimulation in this heart-wrenching tale of love beyond life! Again, cry, love and be found again!

4)Tuesdays with Morrie

Find meaning in it all! A moving and mesmerizing tale of learning, letting go and being challenged, this classic is good in the search for meaning in it all. Filled with life tips, spiritual advice and just good common sense, it helps provide a feeling of grace!

5)Steel Magnolias

Cry and laugh and cry again! The small town drama of love and life in the eyes of beauty shop patrons! Filled with characters you know, stories you have lived and loses you have endured, this tale is engaging. Let Julia Roberts lead you through a holiday night.

6)Love, Actually

Feel Great! Quite possibly the world's best Christmas movie! And, because life and holidays are like that, it just so happens that it lets you cry and laugh and identify and feel twenty times better when it's all over. Let your heart be warmed by this gem!


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