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Lessons learned from ‘Eat Pray Love’

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The film “Eat Pray Love” premiered Friday, raking in $8 million. The movie title alone is enough to indicate to men that it’s geared toward women. Yet despite the “chick flick” theme, the film is peppered with shining nuggets of insight that anyone might reflect on and perhaps put to use.

The film, starring Julia Roberts, James Franco, Billy Crudup and Javier Bardem, is based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s New York Times best-selling memoir that hit the shelves in 2006.

After her marriage crumbles, Gilbert jumps into another doomed relationship, spurring her on to a journey of self-discovery in Italy, where she eats; India, where she prays; and Bali, where she finds love again. By reckoning with a lifetime of poor decisions, Gilbert comes face to face with her flaws: Neediness, depression and a troubled mind.

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