I have a love-love relationship with documentaries; you can learn so much from them and you can also make strangers think you’re really interesting by casually sprinkling your conversations with, “I was watching this one documentary…” And, what do you know, there happen to be a plethora of documentaries just sitting there on Netflix, waiting to be watched and meaningfully tweeted about. Even better, there are a bunch of them there that will probably make you feel instantly better about your life. It’s like an instant cash rebate for emotions.
So, as long as you stay away from Food Inc. at ALL costs (seriously, trust me on this one), and check out these 9 documentaries instead, you’ll be on your way to Happytown in no time.
1. Mortified Nation
Netfix’s Synopsis: ”This comic documentary follows the Mortified movement, a series of stage events where adults share awkward childhood moments in front of strangers.”
If you’ve ever felt like an embarrassing loser when thinking about things you’ve done in your past (haven’t we all?), this movie was made and wrapped in decadent ribbon just for you. Five minutes of this documentary and you’ll never feel alone in your childhood cringe or rough patches again.
2. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Netflix’s Synopsis: “This CNN original series has chef Anthony Bourdain traveling to extraordinary locations around the globe to sample a variety of local cuisines.”
International culture! Food! Seriously, what’s better than a little wanderlust to make you feel equal parts giddy and anxious about that Eat, Pray, Love vacation you’ve been meaning to plan? Nothing, okay?
3. Inside Chipotle
Netflix’s Synopsis: “Chipotle is a company that broke all the fast food rules, turning a small eatery into an $11 billion, 1,400-store chain. Bloomberg television takes you behind the counter to see how this increasingly popular company keep customers lining up.”
Because Chipotle is actually a decent brand, you can watch this documentary and feel good about your daily food choices. Everyone eats here once a day, right?
Netflix’s Synopsis: “Happy takes viewers on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.”
Please just press “play” and sit back as your body turns into a fruit smoothie of joy.
Netflix’s Synopsis: ”An inspirational profile of an inner-city high school football team’s valiant effort to reach the school’s first-ever playoff game.”
Sort of like every sports movie made in the ’00s, but in documentary form.
6. I Am
Netflix’s Synopsis: ”In this reflective documentary, filmmaker Tom Shadyac chats with philosophers and spiritual leaders about what ails the world and how to improve it.”
Ready to feel like you want to change the world today right now this second?
7. Too Cute!
Netflix’s Synopsis: “Witness the coming-of-age stories of kittens and puppies from special litters as they grow from helpless fur balls to rambunctious young animals.”
This one is a documentary series, which means the happiness is spread out over a period of time. Yes, thank you.
8. The Pact
Netflix’s Synopsis: “Three friends from Newark, N.J., return home after becoming doctors to practice medicine and inspire youths to stay in school and off the streets.”
This movie is a beautiful reminder that literally nothing is impossible, in case you felt like being on the verge of tears today.
9. Animal Odd Couples
Netflix’s Synopsis: “This edition of the series looks at unlikely pairings in the animal kingdom, from a crow mothering a meerkat to a chimp bottle-feeding a baby tiger.”
UM, my heart is hurting.