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Movies and Wellness

by Mary Anderson on 2023-03-13T07:00:00-05:00 | 0 Comments

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are the oldest, and for many, the most prestigious awards given for artistry and technical merit in film. While the awards have not been without faults and controversy over the last 95 years, ideally they are a celebration of best of movies. And movies are worth celebrating. For over a century, from the earliest silent films to the latest blockbusters, movies have captured our imaginations, transported us to other times and places, and shaped our perception of the people and world around us.

Movies provide the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a different story and escape the stress and problems of life. We are introduced to new characters and places and can embark on adventures that we may not be able to experience in our everyday lives.

As we enter their stories, movies also can help build empathy and understanding. They often tell stories about people from different backgrounds and cultures, exposing us to new perspectives and ways of life. They also can shine new light on our own experiences and self-perception. Together this can help us become more open-minded and compassionate.

Watching movies can be a social experience that strengthens relationships and builds connections. Going to the theater or watching a movie at home can provide a shared experience that can bring people together. It also can be a great way to initiate conversations and discussions about the movie's themes and topics. Additionally, movies show a vast array of relationships. Experiencing these relationships through film may allow us to reflect on and grow our own connections.

Movies also have educational and cognitive value. This is true beyond watching documentaries or historically based films. Studies have shown movies are valuable tools for language learners, aiding with comprehension and understanding. Additionally, movies require our brains to process visual and auditory stimuli simultaneously, which can improve our cognitive processing speed and memory retention.

So next time you watch a movie remember that it is not just a fun pastime, but also an activity that offers a range of benefits for our personal growth and wellbeing. Why not pick up a movie from our Wilke Classic Film Collection today? Several of the films honored during this year’s Oscars are available: The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis; Everything Everywhere All at Once; The Fabelmans; Madres Paralelas = Parallel Mothers; Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris; Tár; and Turning Red. These DVDs are currently on display on the fourth floor along with previous Oscar winners. A portable DVD player can be checked out at the Library Services Desk.

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