Happy Friday: Mood-Boosting Movies

Depression can leave you feeling down in the dumps with little interest in doing anything.

Luckily, we found a great list of classics that will give you that needed pick-me-up!

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1. Rudy

Rudy is a true underdog story classic. Never stop chasing your dreams, and never underestimate the luck of the Irish ☘

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2. Love Actually

This romantic comedy has a little something for everyone! From friendships to puppy love, this movie is sure to give you plenty of laughs!

This romantic comedy has a little something for everyone! From friendships to puppy love, this movie is sure to give you plenty of laughs!

3. It's a Wonderful Life

This sweet classic is always playing during the holidays! Watch as George Bailey sacrifices his dreams for the benefit of his family and friends and you'll see how one person can change the world around him.

This sweet classic is always playing during the holidays! Watch as George Bailey sacrifices his dreams for the benefit of his family and friends and you'll see how one person can change the world around him.

4. Tootsie

Lower your stress with this 80's comedy! You'll be laughing along as you watch a skilled actor take the role of a lifetime.

Lower your stress with this 80's comedy! You'll be laughing along as you watch a skilled actor take the role of a lifetime.

5. The Shawshank Redemption

Maybe the greatest movie of all time. True Friendship, Lasting Perseverance, and Rising Above Injustice ✊

Maybe the greatest movie of all time. True Friendship, Lasting Perseverance, and Rising Above Injustice ✊

6. Babe

This film about "the little pig that could"Β is loved by families everywhere! Watch as a piglet named Babe becomes friends with other farm animals and masters the art of sheepherding. It's been researched that pets decrease loneliness and this film will have you feeling as though you are the farm owner!

This film about "the little pig that could" is loved by families everywhere! Watch as a piglet named Babe becomes friends with other farm animals and masters the art of sheepherding. It's been researched that pets decrease loneliness and this film will have you feeling as though you are the farm owner!

7. Up

This Disney Pixar movie is sure to make you smile as it brings out your inner child. Russell is a boy scout looking to obtain a new badge for assisting the elderly when he runs into a cranky old man. As they join each other on an uplifting experience of a lifetime, we learn that you are never too old for risks and fun adventures.

This Disney Pixar movie is sure to make you smile as it brings out your inner child. Russell is a boy scout looking to obtain a new badge for assisting the elderly when he runs into a cranky old man. As they join each other on an uplifting experience of a lifetime, we learn that you are never too old for risks and fun adventures.

8. Billy Elliot

Set in the 80's, this movie is about a boy named Billy who is chasing his dreams to become a professional dancer. "A tough dance instructor, a miners' strike, a family quarrel, missed opportunities, a change of heart, and a nail-biting audition add to the melodrama that builds up to the final scene- you will be moved to get off your couch and dance" (Fritz, 2014).

Set in the 80's, this movie is about a boy named Billy who is chasing his dreams to become a professional dancer. "A tough dance instructor, a miners' strike, a family quarrel, missed opportunities, a change of heart, and a nail-biting audition add to the melodrama that builds up to the final scene- you will be moved to get off your couch and dance" (Fritz, 2014).

9. The Sound of Music

Music has been correlated to easing depression symptoms and stress;Β this relaxing love story musical will surely lift your spirits and have you humming along!Β 

Music has been correlated to easing depression symptoms and stress; this relaxing love story musical will surely lift your spirits and have you humming along! 

10. Breaking Away

The journey of this cyclist will have you wanting to start your own fitness routine! You'll be cheering along as Dave and his teammates compete in a race, while learning to lean on each other throughout the way.Β 

The journey of this cyclist will have you wanting to start your own fitness routine! You'll be cheering along as Dave and his teammates compete in a race, while learning to lean on each other throughout the way. 

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Have a great weekend!


Sources:

Fritz, A. L. (2014, December 17). 10 Films Guaranteed to Lift Your Spirits. Retrieved March 14, 2017, from http://www.everydayhealth.com/depression-pictures/movies-to-watch-when-youre-down.aspx

Grella, K. (2016, August 01). Top 10 Movies I Could Watch Again (and Again!). Retrieved March 14, 2017, from https://www.theodysseyonline.com/top-10-movies-could-watch-again-again