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10 Underrated Netflix Movies And Shows To Binge Watch During The Cold Weather

10 Underrated Netflix Movies And Shows To Binge Watch During The Cold Weather

What’s the best way to spend an afternoon in your house during a cold day? Make hot chocolate? Read a book? Build a blanket fort?

While all of those are viable options, the best way to spend your day during the cold is to binge watch as many Netflix shows and movies as you can. There are so many great shows and movies on Netflix, but let’s be honest—you’ve already seen Breaking Bad, Dexter has a terrible ending, and Narcos is based on a true story, so you already know how it’s going to end.

Here are 10 underrated Netflix movies and shows to binge watch when it’s cold outside.

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1. Frank

Have you ever wanted to watch a movie about a music icon who wears a giant, plastic head for the entire film? Now you can!

But seriously, Frank is a fantastic independent film everyone should watch. Michael Fassbender is phenomenal in the role of Frank, an eccentric and deranged band leader who is driven by his creativity.

2. Comedy Bang! Bang!

If you’re a fan of anti-humor, Comedy Bang! Bang! is the show for you.

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Comedian and writer Scott Aukerman transformed his successful Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast into a hit show for IFC, and it’s currently getting ready to enter its fifth season. The show sees Aukerman hosting a satirical talk show that makes you realize some of the flaws in today’s late-night format. Each show features a celebrity guest and a comedian who plays some absurd character.

3. Wilfred

Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking? Wilfred is a show about a man named Ryan and a talking dog that only Ryan can understand. To Ryan, the dog is, of course, a man in a dog suit, and he doesn’t know why no one else can understand him. The show has gotten great reviews, and you should definitely binge watch your way into this bizarre world.

4. Exit Through the Gift Shop

I’m sure you’ve heard the name Banksy before. The legendary street artist has displayed his work all around the world, but no one knows who he is.

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Exit Through the Gift Shop is a fascinating documentary about the world of street art. It even includes an interview with Banksy and a look at some of his recent work. You also get to experience the journey that the filmmaker, “Mr. Brainwash,” takes into this world.

5. Legit

Crude, politically incorrect, and painfully honest comedian Jim Jeffries writes and produces the show Legit, which is based on his life and stand-up act. Those of you who are familiar with Jeffries’ stand-up know he often pushes the boundaries of today’s social issues, and his hilarious show does exactly the same thing. Much like Louie and Maron, Legit follows the life of a comedian and will have you laughing hysterically.

6. Firefly

Firefly is one of Joss Whedon’s earlier works that follows a group of space cowboys who do sometimes illegal jobs so they can make money and keep flying. Although the show only lasted one season, it garnered a cult following from sci-fi fans around the world. Firefly is a must-see show for sci-fi fans who enjoy space travel, new planets, and gun fights.

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7. Sleepwalk With Me

Comedian Mike Birbiglia’s independent film is based on one of his earlier stand-up comedy albums. Sleepwalk With Me is about Birbiglia starting his stand-up career, when he learns that he has REM behavior disorder. This means he acts out his dreams, which eventually becomes dangerous for him and his girlfriend.

8. No Country for Old Men

Unlike the other shows and movies on this list, No Country for Old Men is a slow-paced drama that uses tension and suspense to its fullest potential. The Coen brothers did a phenomenal job creating a thrilling cat-and-mouse game between a killer and a sheriff. Every shot and beat has you on the edge of your seat as you anticipate what is going to happen next.

9. The Code

This Australian thriller is about modern-day issues such as journalism, online security, and privacy. Two brothers try to solve a mystery about an accident that killed two teenagers. When they try to find more information, they are caught hacking into a database, and they quickly become involved in something much bigger than they’d originally anticipated.

10. The Killing

Adapted from a popular Danish TV Series, The Killing centers around two detectives trying to figure out a murder case. Every episode is structured as a single day of the investigation, so if you enjoy police drama and enjoy the slow unraveling of a great story, you’ll be hooked on this show. This slow burn mystery requires and rewards patience and attention.

Stay Warm and Have Fun

The great thing about Netflix is you can access it from anywhere as long as you have the right equipment. There’s a lot of excellent content on Netflix you might never have heard of. Binge watching anything is a great way to pass the time during a snowstorm. Netflix has so many options, and you can always put on Fireplace For Your Home to help you stay warm!

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Last Updated on July 8, 2020

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

1. Understand Yourself Better

Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

2. Keep Track of Small Changes

I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

3. Become Aware of What Matters

As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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4. Boost Creativity

The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

6. Process Life Experiences

When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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7. Stress Relief

In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

8. Provide Direction

Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

9. Solve Problems

Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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10. Find Relief From Fighting

Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

11. Find Meaning in Life

Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

12. Allow Yourself to Focus

Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

14. Let the Past Go

I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

15. Allow Freedom

Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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16. Enhance Your Career

Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

18. Catalog Your Life for Others

No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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