Sixteen years since the film’s release, and people are still finding solace from Legally Blonde, as one fan reveals how it helped him cope with depression.
The formidable fictional character of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde has been credited for inspiring a student’s dissertation, encouraging an increase in women applying to law school, and now, helping a fan cope with depression.
“I got an email from a guy who said that he was really depressed and was about to hurt himself when a friend called and asked him to go dancing,” says the film’s co-writer Karen McCullah.
“He said no, he didn’t want to go out. And then after he hung up the phone, he remembered the line, ‘Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.’ So he called the friend back, went dancing, had a great time, decided not to kill himself, and wrote me a letter saying, ‘That line saved my life.’”
According to a study carried out by the University of Vermont, as little as twenty minutes of exercise per day can help improve our mood for up to 12 hours. And aerobic exercises, such as dancing, jogging and swimming have been proved to reduce anxiety and improve our moods.
Elle Woods, you’ve inspired us all, in more ways than one.
However, while there are many signs and symptoms, everyone’s experience of depression will vary. As a general rule of thumb, mental health experts advise that you visit your GP if you experience symptoms of depression for most of the day, every day, for more than two weeks.
You can find out more information – including a series of approved self-care tips – on the Mind website.
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