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We Love Christian Bale for His Acts of Generosity!

Hollywood actor Christian Bale recently flew a 4-year-old and his family to Disneyland for lunch with him and his family. The little boy, Jayden Barber, is a leukemia patient. And after Barber’s family set up a Facebook page reporting his progress and revealing that his dream was to meet Bale, the actor made a dream come true.

They talked movies and superheros and he was genuinely happy to hear about everything Jayden wanted to tell him. Christian, his wife and daughter are three of the most beautiful people we have ever met! Christian made these arrangements for us personally and ensured we were treated like royalty. (Charlene Barber, Lighting the Batsignal for Jayden Facebook page)

As the news clip indicated, this wasn’t Bale’s first act of kindness and compassion. Following the Aurora, Colorado shooting at The Dark Knight Rises premiere earlier this year, the star visited some of the victims.

I absolutely love stories about celebrities giving back. We read so many stories about Hollywood celebrities who waste their status and wealth on addictions. I don’t know what it’s like to be a Hollywood star, but I’ve always wondered why so many choose to blow their blessings on drugs, alcohol and behaving badly.

Celebrities have so much to offer. They’ve been afforded the perfect platform and opportunity to do so much good around them and in the world. And as was proven in the case of Bale, their mere presence can bring so much joy to people, so why not take advantage of that notoriety for the sake of good?

Bale’s gift also went above and beyond. I’m sure the trip to Disneyland was fantastic, but I bet spending time with Bale and his family was the best part of the whole event. Bale had lunch with them and really took the time to learn about Jayden.

Not only does giving back make a big impact in the lives of the people who receive the gift, but also I’m confident that such acts of kindness are great ways to keep stars grounded. Celebrities are given an opportunity to put their own lives in perspective when they see everyday folk experiencing hardships and adversity.

I’m always saddened to hear stories about celebrities who throw their lives away. I honestly believe that if they took the time to help others, they’d likely be humbled and recognize the blessings they’ve been given.

Ladies, do you think that giving back is a good way for celebrities to remain grounded?

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  1. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on September 18, 2012 at 12:53

    Indeed!

  2. sisterwhocares

    Posted by sisterwhocares on September 17, 2012 at 16:19

    Wow, that’s amazing what Christian Bale did, and yes, giving back is a great way to stay grounded. I sorta feel sorry for him, too; the Colorado Batman movie shooting must have been hardest for him and put a lot of guilt on his mind. I just love that pic of him with the kid; Jayden has the cutest cheeks in the world.

    In regards to your comments on celebrities and addiction: great question! It can be difficult for many to understand exactly why people turn to drugs, and that is because the science behind drug addiction is so complex. I have read several books on addiction to drugs, and here is some facts behind it (in a nutshell):

    There are many reasons why people use drugs, and here are a few of the most common reasons:
    Peer pressure
    Stress/Anxiety/Depression
    Genetics (sometimes alcoholism runs in families)
    Availability

    Now, you may be wondering, “How exactly does stress drive people to drug use, if drugs just make you look stupid and feel like garbage after your buzz or high ends?” When a person consumes a drug (ie cocaine or alchohol), many chemicals are released in the brain, especially dopemine. Dopemine is a hormone that creates a feeling of pleasure (also released when doing something one enjoys or during sexual intercourse), and it is released in high quantities the more you use that drug. Ever seen your mom/dad stressed out, then they pull out a beer or glass of wine, drink it, and immediately relax and feel better? Dopemine in action. Plus, in order to keep that high and good feeling going, they gradually have to increase the intake in the drug (tolerance), until they need more of it(addiction). Also, people who get stressed/anxious/depressed more often release more dopemine when taking drugs than people with a more laid-back life (I think because the dopemine is suppressed more throughout the day).

    Contrary to popular myths used by jealous people who are underpaid, celebrities are rarely lazy. Movies take a long time to make and film, so shoots can last whole days and have to be perfect. Concert tours require one to be on the road frequently and perform every single night, not to mention the after-parties. These stressful careers also include all the fame, paparazzies, rumors against them they have to defend, and all the other blah that very often accompanies fame.

    So, if these stars are stressed out all the time, what do they want to do? Relax! What does relaxing do? Releases dopemine! What do drugs do? Ditto! In trying so desperately to relieve stress, they can turn to what relieves stress the fastest, which are drugs. Also, celebrities may turn to drugs to help them sleep and end up depending on the sleeping agents (look up Judy Garland and Michael Jackson), or because the drugs are around everywhere, and they have millions of dollars to afford it. Now you know why celebrities use drugs.

    All this said, I am not excusing the celebrity from using drugs; drug use is very irresponsible and, even when it relieves stress now, it kills you in the long run. These shining stars are human beings who are overwhelmed with the sudden fame and razzle-dazzle they have, and they need help. Once you start, coming off a drug is incredibly difficult (with all the withdrawal symptoms and junk) and takes time. They need the help of their family and friends, and more than anything, they need their precious Lord and Savior to turn to. He can offer comfort and joy beyond a mere buzz or high. It’s a hard road, but it’s so worth it.

    Anywhoo, I apologize for the textbook I wrote (I get carried away easily), and I hope that answers why celebrities ruin themselves with drugs. Stay curious! Love your articles! Peace out!

  3. Paris

    Posted by Paris on September 17, 2012 at 16:10

    Some celebrities give to be reconized and some give out the goodness of their hearts. So,giving to keep celebrites grounded to me depends on what type of person they are despite being a celebrity.