Self-Care Challenge (Day 330): Watching a Funny Movie

Steve Martin and John Candy on movie cover

On day 330 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I watched a funny movie.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a classic Thanksgiving movie. It’s one of my favorites, and it never gets old.

Neal Page’s repeated failed attempts to get home for the holidays reminds us just how brutal and unpredictable holiday travel can be. From the “Those aren’t pillows!” scene to the rental car fiasco, it delivers a constant stream of laughter.

Watching funny movies always lightens my mood, which is why I’ve included it in my self-care rotation. Humor is an important core value for me – so much so that requirement is probably a more accurate term.

It’s hard to stay sad when you’re laughing. It’s hard to stay mad when you’re laughing. And it’s hard not to regain perspective of what’s good in your life when you’re giggling so hard you’re crying.

Having spent nearly a decade working as a consultant dietitian in nursing homes, I found the same to be true there. Even the residents who had dealt with some of the most serious health concerns seemed to be able to find humor in everyday life. And they were often happier than those who were in the best of health.

Laughing is certainly a gift that many of us don’t exercise enough.

What are your favorite holiday movies?

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