Let’s All Go To The Movies – And Get Healthier?

I just saw the movie Les Miserables and was pretty blown away.  As a former professional actress, turrned motivational speaker, I not only understand what makes a BRILLIANT performance (as was the case with so many of the actors in this film) but I also have witnessed first hand the powerful affect that a strong theatrical experience can have on the audience.  They can be moved to tears, or laugh so hard they fall out of their chairs. They can be inspired to think about their life choices and how they want to impact others. They can objectively see behaviors that are self-destructive  – that they might NOT be able to see if someone pointed it out in THEM.  All art, but especially theater and film, gives us a ringside seat to life with a capital L.

And as if that wasn't enough – apparently there are also health benefits associated with the arts!  Lars Bygren, Ph.D. at the University of Umea in Sweden conducted a study of almost thirteen thousand people.  It revealed that those who participated in cultural activities least frequently were one–and-a-half times more likely to die during the nine-year study than those who participated most frequently.  The activities included reading, playing an instrument, and going to museums, concerts, the movies and the theater.

So get thee to the movies.  Just hold off on the popcorn with fake butter.

From your motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, still crying from her Les Mis experience


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. I know! Wasn't Les Mis AWESOME!!!! I loved every minute. And good to know that I was getting healthier in the process! How cool is that! And who says getting healthy can't be fun! Thank you Linda!

  2. You've inspired me. We're going to Life of Pi 3D tonight — yes, I know this motivational speaker is behind in her films, but I'm going to see all the award-nominated movies before the ceremony. Looks like I'll be living a LONG time thanks to this advice! As long as I can stay away from the concessions….

  3. As if I didn't love Hugh Jackman enough!  It's good to hear about that huge study that spanned the range of cultural exposure; from reading to live theater, so that anyone can take advantage and positively affect their health.  I'm happy to have just added "Wicked" to my list of healthy lifestyle experiences!

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