WWB’s Weekly Wisdom Wrap: Two New Films Share Wisdom and Celebrate Surprising Friendships

Aug 28, 2015 by



Okay we are approaching summer’s end but there is one wonderful thing we can look forward to, and that’s great filmmaking and storytelling! Yes we have all the film awards coming up, but I am here to tell you there are many great films that get released right about this time and in early Fall. At World Wise Beauty we love a great film that finds a way to celebrate the human spirit, touches our heart, and somehow we feel wiser and enlightened for watching it. My Book Wise Club seeks out the same fulfillment from reading. You are invited to follow and join us! The Fall Book Wise’ pick will be announced next week and it will be in the Fiction Category! Subscribe to keep updated by clicking the SUBSCRIBE Button to your right.

This week, WWB’s Wisdom Wrap is covering two films that share wisdom and celebrate friendship between a man and woman. True life affirming friendship. The first film ‘Learning to Drive’ was just released last week and the second film ‘The Intern’ will be released September 25. Being the storytelling  junkie that I am, I can tell you that these films are sure to make it to the awards circuit, because the actors are all well-respected award-winning actors. The actors I refer to are Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. What I love about all the actors is they repeatedly choose smaller films with wise life affirming messages, even though they are major award-winning ‘movie stars’. BTW, speaking of awards, I personally love the Golden Globes because it is international, and also really appreciate the Screen Actors Guild Awards show  ( SAG) because the winners are selected by ‘peers’. All the award shows are fun but these two are my favs and can’t miss events.

Following are two trailers and a little synopsis for each movie. It seems more and more every day, we watch the news around the world, and see the worst of ‘human behavior’. It can be quite depressing. So any time I can be reminded of what makes ‘the human spirit’ so magnificent I am there! Hope you feel the same. The following films remind us that fulfilling friendships, wise teachers, and even soul mates can be found, if we stay open to them when they show up in our lives. Enjoy the summer’s end, and let me know what you think of these films! Keep seeking wisdom my friends…




                                              ‘LEARNING TO DRIVE’

Quick Synopsis: In theaters  now.  A literary agent (Patricia Clarkson) whose husband left her and a Sikh driving instructor (Ben Kingsley) on the verge of an arranged marriage find that each has something to learn from the other about starting life anew.




Quick Synopsis: To be released September 25. Nearly a decade after she was a fashion-media intern in “The Devil Wears Prada,” Anne Hathaway is running her own fashion e-commerce site, and her new gofer is a kid named Robert De Niro. Yes, the 72-year-old makes an odd fit among the digital whiz kids, but eventually, the wisdom of his years proves valuable, life lessons are learned, and laughter-through-tears ensues. From writer-director Nancy Meyers (“Something’s Gotta Give”).


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WWB’s Weekly Wisdom Wrap: 10 Simple Ways to Celebrate ‘National Relaxation Day’ Every Day…

Aug 15, 2015 by


Happy National Relaxation Day! Don’t you just love this Spanish Proverb? I thought it was absolutely perfect for this day. Here in the U.S we most definitely need to have a national day dedicated to relaxation. There are so many things we can do to relax. For some of us it could be pampering ourselves by getting a mani/pedi or scheduling a massage. But I think we need to remember that relaxing is something we can do simply everyday. Every Saturday at World Wise Beauty Facebook we celebrate Blissful Saturdays and I always share a ‘Find Your Spot’ post. Sometimes the images are from beautiful spots in exotic places, but often they are just images of peaceful places where you imagine yourself taking time to relax and ‘just be’.

Relaxing is a natural state that all of us can experience without ever spending a cent! It’s a feeling and state of mind that we can create for ourselves as long as we make it a priority. Since we know how harmful stress chemicals can be running through our body, it is our wellness duty to make sure we find ways to relax and melt the stress away. Below I share 10 simple ways to relax and all are things you can do to practice ‘self-care’ everyday. Wishing you a blissful Saturday and Happy National Relaxation Day!

P.S I am also running a giveaway contest and 5 lucky winners will receive WWB’s ‘ Summer Bliss Kit.’. All you need to do is subscribe to this blog with an e-mail to enter the contest. Below are the details on the goodies in the kit that are sure to put you in a relaxing  and blissful state of mind. Share with a friend, and enter yourself!

World Wise Beauty ‘Summer Bliss’ Giveaway






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WWB WATCH: Consumption of Spicy Foods May Increase Your Longevity According to Chinese Study

Aug 13, 2015 by


This was the ‘hot’ news last week, no pun intended! Anytime a new study is released to the media, I always wait to let the media ‘star dust’ settle. At ‘The Watch’ I often talk about the dangers of sharing research and turning the results into ‘sound bites’. It’s as simple as this–notice the word ‘may’ in my post title. Well, that word pretty much gets ignored and overlooked when it travels the media highway as a ‘soundbite’. There has been all kinds of articles about this study, and at World Wise Beauty I try to find the most trusted sources and distill what matters in wellness culture.

What matters ultimately, is you get all the facts and you do your best to consider your own bio-individuality before embracing any one diet or one food. Never trust a sound-bite and as a rule of thumb, when I see everyone jump on a bandwagon, I usually stop, observe, collect more information and review. Be wise, be savvy and be discerning when consuming any media!

Below my overview are 5 key things to consider before you increase your spice intake.  It’s your cheat sheet excerpted from Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Vital Signs page at CNN. I found this particular article to be the most comprehensive and responsible story about this study. The article highlights both the pros and cons of eating spicy foods, and also emphasizes that more research needs to be done for it to be conclusive. The study is a very large and controlled study, yet there are so many ‘variables’ that need to be considered. This CNN article by Lisa Lucas lays it all out for you.

I think the important question is whether the protective effect associated with spicy foods translates across cultures. The author of the study believes it does, and other researchers believe it needs more context. Just a little tip when reading any media and especially on the internet–always consider the source and the ‘context’. Excerpted from the very CNN article I am sharing with you, below are the closing remarks from John E. Hayes, an associate professor of food science and director of Sensory Evaluation Center at Penn State University. He drives home the importance of context when reviewing research studies…

So before you make a run for the hot sauce, more research is needed to qualify what spicy entails and the various ingredients, which the current study does not break down. “This isn’t an excuse to go out and eat 24 wings and then rationalize it by claiming they are going to make you live longer,” Hayes said. “When you’re looking at a whole food versus the individual component, we have to be very cautious.” This is the big caveat. “In science, we try to break things down into the simplest parts while still considering the context,”

My own simple non-scientific conclusion is right in line with my ‘Healthy Epicurean’ philosophy. If you like spicy, enjoy in moderation. More importantly, if you are eating healthy, exercising your body, managing your stress and feeding your soul with love, connection and purpose, you are at the very least going to be happy. Did you ever notice that centenarians ( living to 100) seem to be happy spirits? I’m happy to make this key observation for you! 😉







(Notes from CNN Vital Signs)

  1. The study itself cites limitations including the lack of information about other dietary and lifestyle habits or how spicy food was cooked or prepared.
  2. It’s an observational study within a single culture.
  3. There are also a few risks associated with eating spicy foods. “There are certain foods that are triggers for people with incontinence or overactive bladders, including spicy foods, which doctors have identified as common irritants for women,” said Kristen Burns, an adult urology nurse practitioner at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
  4. Spicy foods can also aggravate colds or sinus infections, increasing your runny nose.
  5. The new research found an “association” between death and spicy food consumption, but an editorial published with the study cautions that this is not definitive.
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WWB’s Weekly Wisdom Wrap: Beautiful New Animated Film ‘The Prophet’ Fuses, Poetry, Art, Music, & Wisdom Together for ‘Deep Thinkers’ of All Ages

Aug 7, 2015 by



I am really proud that there are so many World Wise Beauties of all ages following World Wise Beauty. With this said, there are some readers that will immediately remember the poetry book ‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran, and others who may be just  introduced to it through the new movie ( inspired by the book). The movie is produced by a real World Wise Beauty, Salma Hayek. The book has been translated into well over 40 languages. It has sold more than nine million copies in its American edition alone since its original publication in 1923.  If you have not read it. maybe you might consider it now, before you see the film!

I am not a film critic and certainly not here to review it. You can easily google the reviews and find a mixed review from critics who either love it or hate it. I can tell you however, that I loved the book and still refer to my copy I have for over twenty years! I am planning on seeing the film and I’m very inspired by Salma Hayek’s creative vision to produce  it. I selected the following movie review for you from ‘Variety’ because it gives you a quick sense of what to expect.

” Awe Inspiring, took my soul on a journey! As if it weren’t special enough to hear Neeson recite Gibran’s sentiments amidst such striking visuals, the addition of music further elevates verses that so many have already committed to memory and which a whole new audience can now discover for the first time.” ~Variety Review

Books turned into movies often hold a risk of losing the true character of the book. But this book is totally different and is really a collection of poems. How does one turn poems into a story and movie? Salma Hayek had a creative vision and it began by tapping into the ‘universal’ appeal of the book.


Photo Credit: Fropki.com

Salma shared in a Charlie Rose interview last night that she was amazed how one Lebanese ( Arabic) poet could appeal to so many people around the world from so many different religions. This is a ‘passion project’ for Salma and one of the main reasons I wanted to share this movie with you, is because she is so passionate about sharing wisdom to a fresh new audience. Below is the official trailer for the movie. You may recognize Liam Neeson’s voice and Salma herself does voice over for the main character in the film.



For those just learning about the book. Here is a quick overview from Amazon.

The Prophet” is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Gibran’s musings are divided into twenty-eight chapters covering such sprawling topics as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, housing, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.

Just to give you a taste of Gibran’s wisdom, below are a few wise quotes from the book to give you a sense of how profound the poems are. The beauty of the book is, you don’t need a PhD in philosophy to understand his words. As Salma puts it “it’s not your brain recognizing it, it’s like your soul is recognizing it, and telling you that this is the truth.” I believe wisdom throughout the ages is exactly like that. It just resonates with us and it feels like a ‘knowing’ within us.


“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”
― Kahlil GibranThe Prophet

“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.”
― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

At World Wise Beauty we celebrate ‘Passioneers’ and Salma certainly is one, both as an artist and humanitarian. Most importantly WWB is committed to advancing the wisdom of ‘wellness culture’ and there is no doubt that Salma via this creative movie, wanted to encourage the many ‘deep thinkers’ in the world, to keep seeking and sharing enlightening wisdom. Below is an excerpt from an interview she did with Time and she discusses her motivation to produce the film…

TIME EXCERPT:Why did you want to adapt it into a film? I think the reason why people come into the film is because it talks about the simple things in life that bring us all together. I thought there was a great opportunity to make a film about connection. People today, when they think about connection, they think of the Internet. For my work that I do as a humanitarian, I worry about how people are becoming detached from their humanity, and how life in some places and in some ways has lost a lot of value. I think that when people read this book, they recognize in some phrases—they feel like they’ve read it before, or there’s something familiar to it. It’s not because you read it before—it’s not your brain recognizing it, it’s like your soul is recognizing it, and telling you that this is the truth. Through art was the easiest way to get to that place. That’s why the film is a combination of music, many types of visual art, the beauty of the storytelling of cinema, and—of course—poetry. ~Salma Hayek

Bravo to Salma Hayek for taking a creative risk and following her passion for ‘enlightenment and wisdom’. I personally can’t wait to see the movie. Anything that involves wisdom, music and beautiful art is an attraction for me. What really pulls me into creative projects is the ‘mission’. The mission of this film is so beautiful. Ultimately it tells us that no matter where we are from, and what religion we practice, there are universal truths we can all ‘hear’. Amidst all the senseless and violent films out there, this is a film with a positive message that is so needed, and especially for the young citizens of the world. Have a great weekend and hope you see the film!





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