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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 January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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