Top Ten Romance Movies for this Winter

 

Kiera Knightley and Matthew McFadyen in 'Pride and Prejudice'

Recent studies have revealed that there is a physical connection between warmth and love, making romance movies the most popular genre during the winter months. When the body is cold, it seeks psychological warmth.

Here is a list of ten romantic films to keep you warm when the temperature drops:

  • Moulin Rouge

The story of a young English poet who travels to Paris in the 19th century. There he meets and falls for a nightclub’s most popular courtesan. Romance, music, dance routines and tragedy ensue. With Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman.

A fictional story of Shakespeare’s personal romance that inspired his most famous play ‘Romeo and Juliette.’ With Jospeh Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s

The classic film telling of a young writer who moves into a New York apartment and falls for her quirky neighbor. With George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn.

  • Dirty Dancing

The simple but much-loved story of a naïve girl on a holiday resort who falls for the irresistible dance instructor. With Patrick Swayze.

  • Pretty Woman

A modern-day fairy tale about a rich man and a prostitute. With Richard Gere and Julia Roberts

  • Pride and Prejudice

This story has been filmed several times, the most recent of which starring Kiera Knightley and Matthew McFadyen.

A young woman growing up in Georgian England meets a man she swears to loath forever, only to learn that he is nothing like what she believed.

  • The Notebook

The story of a young couple and their eternal battle for love, told through the memories of an elderly man in a nursing home. With Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.

  • Pearl Harbor

The love triangle between to best friends and nurse during WWII and the event now known as Pearl Harbor. With Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale.

  • The Lakehouse

A lonely doctor begins exchanging letters with the former resident of his mysterious lakehouse. With Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.

  • P.S. I Love You

A young widow learns to start a new life with the help of ten messages left by her late husband. With Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler and Harry Connick Jr.

Seasonal Affective Disorder and The Benefits of Darkness

The clocks have gone back and winter has begun, and one in fifteen people will be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Though the early darkness and gloomy mornings can be depressing, there are actually several health benefits to the increased darkness exposure.

Unnatural reliance on artificial lighting both at home and in the office can have negative effects on a person’s health, both physically and mentally. Sleep consultant Dr. Neil Stanley has found that all living things have an instinctive need for daily darkness.

Melatonin and Cancer

In fact, scientists have actually found connections between night-time light and breast cancer. Melatonin, the “darkness hormone,” is one of our body’s natural defenses against cancer. Produced by the pineal gland, melatonin is released in response to darkness. A powerful antioxidant, melatonin is believed to suppress the growth of several types of cancerous cells, including breast and prostate cancer. Not only does lighting reduce melatonin production, it also weakens the immune system and disturbs the biological clock, messing with the body’s most healthy and natural balance. Of course, the reduced sun exposure also lessens the risk of skin cancer.

Take Advantage

While the dark can be depressing, it is important to utilize it and restore strength for next summer. Instead of turning all the lights up and forcing your body to stay up as late as it does during the summer months, why not take advantage of the early nights and catch up on the hundreds of hours of sleep you’re probably missing. And if you’re inclined to leave some lights on while you relax, you may want to consider dim ones, or even candles, for a healthy and relaxing evening.

What Are Snowflakes?

Have you ever wondered what snowflakes actually are? You probably already know that each and every snowflake is unique, and at the same time every single one has 6 points. And that is probably the extent of your knowledge. Well let’s see if we can add to that a few additional interesting facts.

The beginning of a snowflake’s life comes when a tiny piece of dust or dirt is swept up into the atmosphere by the blowing wind. The snow crystal begins to form as ice collects around the dust or tiny piece of dirt. When snow crystals stick together, they become actual snowflakes.

Snowflakes come in four basic shapes: an elongated needle; a long and hollow six-sided prism; a thin and flat plate with six sides; and a complex star with six points.

The temperature of the atmosphere when the snowflakes are forming is what determines the ultimate shape. As the flakes continue to grow in the atmosphere they get heavier until they fall from the sky, eventually joining us here on earth for us to enjoy their delightful shapes and the way they transform the world from its ordinary appearance to a magical winter wonderland.