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In this very modern and connected age, there are several places where one can turn, should one need life advice. Well, you really don't have to do too much searching for some wonderful tips on living your best life, because there are plenty of lessons which you may not have even thought to look for in everyone's favorite Hallmark movies! Films like Royal Matchmaker, The Nine Lives of Christmas, and the One Winter Weekend series are no strangers to slyly imparting life lessons that viewers can carry with them through every season of the year, and I'm totally here for it.
Now, I haven't, by any means, watched nearly all of Hallmark's original movies. Even so, in just a few years of catching many of their Christmas and other seasonally themed films on a regular basis, I've noticed that some themes keep popping up, which serve as pretty good tutorials on love, where to live to be happiest and many other topics. So, without further ado, here are six things that I've learned about life from Hallmark movies!
Animals Help People Fall In Love
I don't know if you realize this, dear reader, but a lot of people really like animals. Specifically, people tend to be quite fond of domesticated animals like dogs, cats and, maybe hamsters or something. If you're looking to find your one true love, Hallmark movies will tell you that that path is lined with puppies and/or cute kittens. Are you a commitment-phobic fire fighter who adopts a stray cat and needs help caring for it from a hot lady veterinarian? Y'all are falling in love. Need to co-foster a dog with another single parent because both of your kids want to adopt it? You'll be hot in the pants for each other at first sight, so just get married already!
Proximity To Royalty Leads To Love
This one's big, you guys. It turns out that all you have to do, should you want to nab yourself a prince or princess and land yourself in a life of great social responsibility but also tremendous leisure, is to get thee to the side of said royal of choice (as long as they are unmarried, of course). Maybe this means you're working for them, so go ahead and sign up to find the prince a suitable bride as a matchmaker. Or, maybe the estranged royal relative of your niece and nephew has tracked them down and invited the kids (and you, as their legal guardian) to come for a visit. Do yourself a favor and go to there. Hallmark says you won't be disappointed.
Small Towns Are Better Than Big Cities
I know what you're thinking. But, there are so many options for... everything, in big cities! Yeah, but aren't all those options trash anyway? Everything is so impersonal and there are so many decisions that need to be made every day that there's just no time to stop, remember what's important in life and connect with others who'll love your grandfather's peppermint candy recipe as much as you do. So, take that stressful big city job, the public transportation options and all those blind dates with weirdos and shove them. You'll do much better getting yourself a gig in a small town organizing the local Christmas festival / founder's day parade / high school reunion dance and walking everywhere with your childhood crush until you both realize that you've always belonged together.
Your Boyfriend's Best Friend Is Destined To Fall In Love With Your Best Friend
Alright, stay with me here, because this one is kinda complicated, but also makes so much sense. So, let's say you decide to take a trip to a fancy ski resort to forget about your cheating ex, and take your bestie along for company. Obviously, you're going to be having a fantastic time, so when you meet a guy who's also hanging out with his best bud, all four of you are going to get on like gangbusters, right? As the four of you are vibing, skiing and drinking hot cocoa, it only makes sense that as you and the dude you're into are falling for each other, your best friends will (of course!) also fall in love. It will just take them way longer to admit it.
Fake Christmas Trees Are For Fake Christmas Celebrations
OK, this is major and needs to be listened to, so perk up. I know that fake Christmas trees are really easy to deal with during the holidays when so much is already going on. You don't have to keep them watered so they don't spontaneously combust, for instance. But, Hallmark would advise against them, because so much good lovin' and solid family time comes from heading into the woods to chop down a tree or going to a local tree lot. Honestly, people. How are you supposed to meet a sweet, young single mom who's dealing with grief unless you start working at a tiny tree lot when you get fired from your big time finance career? It. Won't. Happen. It just won't. Go ahead and plan that tree lot trip for this December, but make sure you plant a tree to replace the one you killed for your home!
You Will Fall In Love With Anyone You're Forced To Work With
This sounds a little broad, so let me actually narrow it down for you. No one is literally falling for anyone they're forced to work with, but we are all obviously falling in love with anyone we're forced to work with who either seems to have a totally different personality from us or who happens to be a total jerkface. Anybody you have to work with whom you actually like? No lovey dovey stuff there. But, if there's a douche paddling the biggest canoe around, that's your one and only! Sure, you're only signed up for this Navy SEAL boot camp to do research so that your newest novel won't fail. But, all that clashing with your hot taskmaster of an instructor is sure to lead to some other clashing that won't be appropriate for the Hallmark Channel, so everyone leaves a winner!
While these six very important lessons about life may be the easiest to pick out of Hallmark's incredible breadth of movies, that doesn't mean that there aren't others I might have missed. Tell us what Hallmark movies taught you about life in the comments below!