I'm all about using movie therapy as a way to heal and learn a thing or two. Disney's Frozen wasn't only a big hit because of the princesses and trolls.
Audiences strongly resonated with this unrelenting bond between sisters and the power of love! Personally, I was happy to see a princess movie that wasn't solely based on the love of a prince.
In case you need a quick reminder about the Frozen premise:
Anna and Elsa are the sisters driven apart by Elsa’s magical powers. She’s like Midas, except she turns things to ice rather than gold. In fact, she plunged the whole kingdom of Arendelle into eternal winter.
When Anna comes to Elsa’s rescue, it proves the power of love and the strength of sisterhood.
What Frozen Taught me:
While Frozen 2 will have an entirely new set of lessons, you'll want to keep these great Frozen lessons in mind while viewing the Disney movie for the holidays:
Frozen Movie Lessons from Anna & Elsa About Positivity, Sisterhood, and Feelings
1. Face your feelings.
Anna and Elsa’s parents meant well, but urging Elsa to hide her true self lead her to feelings of isolation, depression, and fear. The first step in managing your emotions is to examine them. Then, express them.
2. Talk about conflicts.
Anna felt hurt when her parents removed Elsa from her life with no explanation. Relationships thrive on direct communication – even if it means confronting difficult topics.
3. Let go of fears.
When Elsa accepts herself, she starts to feel free even while she’s still deep in permafrost. Tackling challenges head on helps us to conquer anxiety. Our actions teach us that we’re strong enough to survive and flourish.
4. Reveal your secrets.
Keeping secrets not only takes a lot of energy, it makes you feel deceitful and uncertain. Practice disclosing information and expressing yourself, as a way to create more intimacy and peace of mind.
5. Surround yourself with family and friends.
After years of isolation, Anna overly excited about Elsa’s coronation. Build time in your schedule for connecting with your loved ones on a regular basis. It's important to always make time for the people you love.
6. Pace your relationships.
Loneliness also caused Anna to become engaged on the same day she met a flashy prince. Taking a gradual approach will make your romances more stable.
7. Ask for advice
Arendelle is blessed with a giant supply of wise and helpful trolls. Think about whom you can turn to when you need encouragement and advice. Role models help us spot the skills we want to work on.
8. Appreciate fixer-uppers.
As the trolls point out, we are all fixer-uppers. Give yourself and others the chance to change and grow. To add, give yourself a little grace.
9. Believe in those you love
When we put the needs of others first, we can overcome any setback. As long as we do this mindfully, of course. Maybe you’ll need to battle an evil prince trying to usurp the throne or just stay up an hour late to comfort a friend going through a recent breakup.
10. Use your “powers” for good
Turn adversity around. In the end, Elsa uses her powers for good. Rather than freezing people, she creates ice sculptures and skating rinks. Figure out your strengths and use them to your advantage, to help others and give back!
If you love these Frozen Movie Lessons, you should check out my Movie Quotes Index!
Lessons from Olaf, the Snowman, About Risks and Friendship
1. Hug your friends.
Judging from most reviews, Olaf, the Snowman is the character that people love most. He wants everyone to know that he’s a big fan of warm hugs and funny songs. A cheerful, positive attitude will draw people to you too.
2. Express gratitude for any gift.
Olaf is delighted when Anna makes him a small nose. He’s equally happy when his nose is made longer. He doesn’t even mind when Sven the reindeer wants to take a bite. If you express gratitude regularly, you'll find joy in the little things.
3. Take risks.
Olaf raves about summer, even though he’s unsure what it means. While everyone else thought that he would melt, Olaf managed to enjoy the sun because he dared to go after what he wants. Be more like Olaf and do the thing you're most afraid of.
What Frozen taught me is that family and friendship are the most important things in life.
Develop the courage of Anna and the optimism of Olaf. Instead of giving someone the cold shoulder, warm up your heart, and spread kindness whenever possible. Finally, I just want to say: don't give up on the people you love.
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