I used to suffer from self esteem issues so bad I locked myself in my room for five years and never spoke to anyone.
Gaining self confidence is hard.
Sometimes you just want to curl up into a ball and just watch movies all day.
Thankfully, there are many excellent movies that help with confidence. So we can actually use the movies to feel good about ourselves.
The science of how movies give us confidence
Science has proven that we can feel better by quitting TV.
Watching reality TV shows full of vanity, or news stations that do nothing but constantly show the world as a negative place… it does not inspire or motivate us in any positive way.
Science has also proven that there are many benefits of watching positive movies. Confidence is one thing movies can inspire in us.
Movies inspire the mind to create positive thought processes.
For instance, when we watch Star Wars we see a farm boy (Luke Skywalker) who has to find independence to leave his home. Having found independence he becomes more powerful and is therefore able to save the day.
Watching Star Wars teaches us that being independent leads to self discovery, which leads to self empowerment.
This is a positive thought sequence. We see how certain actions lead to positive outcomes.
The more positive thought sequences we build, the more positive we will be.
- Watch positive movies
- Absorb positive thought sequences
- Train the mind to be more positive
- Feel positive
Here are 10 flicks that give us positive thought sequences that create self esteem. These moves give us confidence by training the mind to think positively.
The top 10 movies for self confidence
If you want to binge watch movies, watch all 10 of these. They will massively boost your self worth.
Forest Gump is a great movie to watch when you need a confidence boost. The story of how Forest Gump lives an amazing life despite his disadvantages. It’s so inspiring. If you ever feel like you can’t achieve something, Forest Gump will prove you wrong.
One of the best feel-good movies, Forest Gump is pure gold.
The story of how a little lost farm boy, Luke Skywalker, grows up to be the most powerful Jedi and the savior of the galaxy. Star Wars teaches us that we can achieve amazing things no matter where we are right now. One of the best movies for confidence (and Force Awakens is an equally good movie for confidence, especially for kids).
- Note: if you love Star Wars you can always try Yoda’s meditations for real.
The Lion King
The Lion King is a great movies for kids to watch for confidence.
The Lion King teaches us that even when we feel that we have let everyone down, there is still good in us and we can still do great things.
When Simba loses his father Mufasa he blames himself and feels very lowly about himself. But with the help of friends he pulls together and finds his confidence once again.
Definitely one of my favorite kids confidence movies.
Another excellent confidence movie for kids is Harry Potter.
Harry Potter feels the way a lot of us feel: he’s an outcast (an orphan) who feels like he doesn’t belong. Then he goes on a magical journey and discovers himself. It’s a story that reflects life for many of us, as we go from feeling alone and outcast to finding our place in the world.
“It’s the super bark!”
Bolt is one of the most underrated Disney movies. It’s brilliant. One of their best.
In Bolt, all three of the main characters (Bolt, Mittens, and Rhino) learn about themselves and discover their true strength. It’s one of the best movies for confidence for kids.
Hands up who feels like they don’t have enough and aren’t good enough? Yeah. I know. I’ve felt that way too. And so did Aladdin. But Aladdin went on to become a Prince and to save the kingdom from the evil Jafar. A great life lesson for us all.
The Pursuit Of Happyness
The Pursuit of Happyness is a masterpiece. It’s the story of Chris Gardner, a man who was facing poverty and struggling to support his family. Then he made one brave decision that completely turned his whole life around.
Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings is one of the best movies for confidence. And not just because a bunch of halflings end up saving the world. The whole trilogy is packed full of reassuring messages. Like Sam’s speech:
Rocky is basically the number one feel good movie for any sports lover. And when Rocky cheers, “Adrian…!!!” at the end, when he’s won the belt, we all feel… just chipper 🙂
BFG is a great movie for anyone who is feeling a little lonely. It’s a classic tale of an orphan girl who finds her best friend: the Big Friendly Giant. The new version of this movie is excellent (IMO–some people gave negative reviews but I personally loved it).
You seriously need to read this book: Positive Psychology At The Movies
In Positive Psychology At The Movies, psychologists Ryan Niemec and Danny Wedding reveal how movies train the mind.
This book shows you which movies to watch for different benefits. For instance, if you want to watch a movie for self confidence, you can flick to the corresponding chapter and the book will show you which movies to watch.
This book is awesome because:
- It shows how movies change our minds
- It tells you which movies to watch
- It basically turns movies into a tool for personal mastery
Isn’t it amazing how movies built confidence while we’re just sitting there?
What movie have you watched that made you feel amazing? Tell me about it in a comment below.
And guys, you should seriously try these 10 exercises for self esteem.