It’s resolution season, again. While I’m a firm believer in people working year-round to better themselves, a calendar turnover seems like a major source of inspiration for many.
If you’re looking for some more “new year, new me” inspiration, Netflix can be a treasure trove of stimulating documentaries. From nutrition to spirituality, you can use your nights of binge watching to better your mind and enrich your soul — after you catch up on "Grey’s Anatomy," of course.
Get a head start on the 2015 new you and check out these documentaries, as some chicken soup for the soul.
"I Am" – Tom Shadyac
From the director of the beloved comedies "Bruce Almighty" and "Ace Ventura," comes a shockingly introspective documentary about what ails society and how we can change it.
Various philosophers and spiritual leaders weigh in on how our overly competitive and selfish natures ultimately lead to our downfalls. If you’re looking for spiritual inspiration on how to enrich your life and detoxify your mindset, this documentary is perfect for you.
"The Secret" – Drew Heriot and Sean Byrne
Whether or not you believe in the law of attraction, this documentary takes an interesting look at how our emotions affect the world around us. How easy would your resolution be if you could manifest any type of reality you wanted?
It’s no secret that perceptions alter lives, but just how much power does your mind have? If you can get past the painfully cheesy intro, this documentary is very interesting. It may seem like a crock of hooey, but don’t knock it until you try it.
"Hungry For Change" – James Colquhoun and Laurentine Ten Bosch
Use this documentary for inspiration in addition to "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" by Joe Cross. If relying on your willpower hasn’t been enough to keep your weight-loss goals on track, maybe you can scare yourself out of eating processed foods.
Instead of perpetuating fad diets and starvation, "Hungry for Change" takes a look at how you can nourish your body to get the most out of it. Maybe now you can put that juicing machine you got for Christmas to work.
"Blackfish" – Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Besides our intrinsic resolutions to make more money or get a better body, I hope many of you want to add a little philanthropy to the New Year. Plus, few documentaries have been as provocative as "Blackfish."
The animal rights movie has gained such a following that the CEO of SeaWorld ended up stepping down from his position. You don’t have to work to shut down SeaWorld, but find a social issue you care about and dedicate some time in 2015 to making a difference.
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" – Neil deGrasse Tyson
This series probably has no direct effect on your resolution, unless you plan on adding intergalactic travel to your 2015 bucket list. But, still, it never hurts to become more educated.
With beautiful graphics and amazing examples to help people understand, this might be one of the prettiest shows you can find on Netflix. The series will put your mind in perspective to the universe around you, and you’ll have a newfound respect for how phenomenal our universe is.
Everyone’s resolutions are different, but the New Year is a chance to become better. You can start fresh and try things you never thought possible. Hopefully, these documentaries will serve as inspiration for when you feel your January inertia begin to slip.
Whether it be philanthropy or health and fitness, use these golden finds to motivate your body and your soul.