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The Only Guide You Need for the Best Movies to Watch

The Only Guide You Need for the Best Movies to Watch

Everyone of us has a list of movies that have great impact in life: movies that inspire us when we’re lost in life; movies that cheer us up when we feel hopeless; and movies that bring us laughter when we want a break from the hectic life.

Here’s a list of great movies to watch that’s handpicked by Lifehack’s editors, from original movies to adaptations, from romance to fantasy, comedy and documentary. You will surely find some that fit what you need.

Motivational Movies That Lift You Up

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Life-changing movies like Spirited Away and Life of Pi can perhaps help you discover the deeper meaning of life.

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‘If you want something, go get it.’ This is what we learn from the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness. Great movies like this can always teach us valuable life lessons.

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When you’re in your late 20s and early 30s, do you feel like trapping in your job or relationship? Movies like Silver Linings Playbook and About Time are best for your quarter-life motivations.

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30 Movies You Should Watch Before 40

Turning 40 doesn’t mean getting old but being a little wiser and a little more mature. With this list, by the time you’re 40 you can say you know a little something about going through different life stages.

5 Feel Good Movies Guaranteed To Lift Your Spirits

Things don’t always happen as you wish and we all know that. But when the moment comes, all you need is the cure to help you cry it out, laugh out loud to start feeling better.

10 Movies You Should Watch To Boost Your Mood And Energy

There are films that make you cry (when you need a good cry), and help you vent your frustrations and enliven you.

Inspirational Movies That Lead You To Success

4 Awe-inspring Movies That Will Inspire the Bill Gates out of You

If you want to be like Bill Gates and create your own success in career, you should not miss these inspiring movies.

10 Movies You Need To Watch To Be More Successful

Sometimes a movie could be our motivational bridge to the success we truly desire. After watching these movies, you will come to know what kind of success you’re looking for.

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10 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

If you are preparing yourself to become an entrepreneur, you must watch these movies which get you the inspirations you need.

Joyful Movies To Watch With Your Kids And Families

16 Inspiring Movies To Watch With Children

These movies and fun animations deliver meaningful messages to kids and are really fun to watch.

10 Must Watch Movies To Share With Your Families (Especially During Christmas!)

These heart-warming Christmas movies are the best movie ideas for you to share with your families!

Classic Movies to Enjoy With Your Kids Even Though It’s Not Christmas Time

If you just want to stay at home and spend some quiet time with your kids, here’s a list of classic Christmas movies that all kids would love. Because all kids love Christmas!

Romantic Movies To Watch With Your Other Half

20 Best Romantic Movies to Watch on Valentine’s Day

Other than Titanic and Love, Actually, there are still a number of movies that would make you feel loved. What’s better than spending a movie night with your other half?

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Documentaries That Reveal The Unknown Side Of The World

21 Inspirational Documentaries That Will Change How You See the World

Documentaries are grounded in true stories and they can inspire in a way fictionalized films can’t. From the power of nature to the hidden truth of a person, all these are intriguing.

50 Best Documentaries Of All Time That Will Change Your Life

Documentaries have the potential to change your life, whether this involves a glimpse at the life of an unhealthy adult or traveling with a flock of animals.

Adapted Movies That Put Real Stories And Fiction On Screen

15 Classic Movies That Are Based On Real Stories

Have you ever wondered how it feels like when your life story is put on screen? Powerful stories like The Pianist are great examples of how talented producers turn real stories into fascinating movies.

20 Amazing Novels You Should Read Before You Watch The Movies Based on Them

Many blockbusters are adapted from great novels. Apart from reading the novels, you shouldn’t miss their adapted movies as they visualize your favorite characters on screen.

EXTRA! Too Good To Miss: Unnoticed Best Movies Of All Time

Best 25 Films In The 21st Century That You Should Not Miss (Concluded by BBC)

This list of amazing movies are concluded by BBC. There’re many amazing films released over the last 17 years. They’re all amazing in their unique way and some of them really stand out from others.

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12 Best Foreign Movies Of All Time That Will Expand Your Worldview

Not all foreign movies are boring or slow-paced, many in fact offer eye-opening insights. To truly enjoy the wide variety of films that’s out there, you can’t miss these impressive foreign films.

40 Best Indie Movies of All Time

There are blockbusters and then there are indie films which work with a limited budget and are produced independently. But these independent movies are often great ones.

10 Iconic Movies from the 90s

Most people don’t understand the nostalgia embedded with the 90s, but it’s easy to explain it once you know the immense amount of lifestyle improvements achieved in just ten years, and how it responds to a different uprising.

9 Movies You Would Love to Watch if You Know They Exist in 2015

Throughout 2015, there are so many blockbusters that you probably have watched, yet there are always some hidden gems that are yet to be discovered.

30 Best Movies of All Time

What makes a movie great? These 30 movies will tell you why some stand the test of time while others slowly (or rather quickly) lose their value.

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Last Updated on September 11, 2020

Why a Life Without Pain Is the Guarantee to True Suffering

Why a Life Without Pain Is the Guarantee to True Suffering

No one wants to suffer. As a general rule, people like to avoid hurt and pain as much as possible. As a species, humans want a painless existence so much that scientists make a living trying to create it.

People can now choose “pain-free” labor for babies, and remedies to cure back pain, headaches, body-pains and even mental pains are a dime a dozen. Beyond medicine, we also work hard to experience little pain even when it comes to loss; often times we believe a breakup won’t hurt as much if we are the ones to call it off.

But would a world without pain truly be painless? It’s unlikely. In fact, it would probably be painful exactly for that reason.

If people never experienced hurt, they wouldn’t know what it was. On the surface level, that seems like a blessing, but think for a moment: if we didn’t know pain, how would we know peace? If you don’t know you’ve hurt or been hurt, how would you know that you need to heal? Imagine someone only knowing they have an incurable cancer at the final stage because no obvious symptoms have appeared at early stages.

Without the feeling of pain, people won’t be aware of dangerous situations—what should or shouldn’t do for survival.

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Pain Is Our Guardian

Pain serves to protect human beings from harmful actions. It’s the same reason parents teach babies that fire equals hot, and that hot equals hurt. Should the baby still place its hand in a fire or on a stove, the intense pain remains so memorable, that the child is certain never to repeat that action.

In the same way, pain within human bodies can serve as a warning that something is not right. Because you know what it is to feel “well,” you know what it is to feel poorly.[1]

Along with serving as a teacher of what not to do, pain also teaches you what you are made of in terms of what you can handle as an individual.

While the cliche, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is a tired term, it’s used excessively for a reason: it’s true. Pain helps you learn to cope with life’s inevitable difficulties and sadnesses— to develop the grit it takes to push past hardships and carry on.

Whether it’s a shattering pain, like the loss of a loved one or a debilitating accident, pain affects everyone differently. But it still affects everyone. Take a breakup as an example, anyone who has experienced it knows it can hurt to the point of feeling physical. Especially the first breakup. At a young age, it feels like the loss of the only love you’ll ever know. As you grow and learn, you realize you’re more resilient with every ended relationship.

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No Pain, No Happiness

You only know happiness when you have known pain. While the idea of constant happiness sounds nice, there is little chance it would be. Without the comparison to happiness, there’s no reason to be grateful for it. That is to say, without ever knowing sadness or pain, you would have no reason to be grateful for happiness.

In reality, there is always something missing, or something unpleasant, but it is only through those realizations that you know to be grateful when you feel you have it all. Read more about why happiness and pain have to exist together: Chasing Happiness Won’t Make You Happy

In a somewhat counter-intuitive finding, researchers found one of the things that brings about the most happiness is challenge. When people are tested, they experience a greater sense of accomplishment and happiness when they are successful. It is largely for this reason that low-income individuals can often feel happier than those who have a sense of wealth.[2]

This is a great thing to remember the next time you feel you would be happier if you just had a little more cash.

Avoiding Pain Leads to More Suffering

Pain is inevitable, embrace it positively. Anyone who strives to have a painless life is striving for perfectionism; and perfectionism guarantees sadness because nothing will ever be perfect.

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This isn’t a bleak outlook, but rather a truthful one. The messy moments in life tend to create the best memories and gratitude. Pain often serves as a reminder of lessons learned, much like physical scars on the body.

Pain will always be painful, but it’s the hurt feelings that help wiser decisions be made.

Allow Room for the Inevitable

Learning how to tolerate pain, especially the emotional kind, is a valuable lesson.

Accepting and feeling pain makes you human. There is no weakness in that. Weakness only comes when you try to blame your own pain on someone else, expecting the blame to alleviate your hurting. There’s a saying,

“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting your enemy to die.”

Think back to the last time you were really angry with someone. Maybe you were hurt because you got laid off from a job. You felt angry and that anger caused so much pain that you could feel it in a physical way. Being angry and blaming your ex boss for that pain didn’t affect him or her in any way; you’re the only one who lost sleep over it.

The healthier thing to do in a situation like that is acknowledge your pain and the anger along with it. Accept it and explore it in an introspective way. How can you learn and grow? What is at the root of that pain? Are you truly hurting and angry about being laid off, or is the pain more a correlation to you feeling like you failed?

While uncomfortable, exploring your pain is a way to raise your self-awareness. By understanding more about yourself, you know how to deal with similar situations in the future. You can never expect to be numb to difficult situations, but you will learn to better prepare financially for the loss of a job and be grateful for an income since you now know nothing is promised (no matter how much you work or how deserving you may feel).

Pain Hurts, but Numbness Would Be Worse

Pain does not feel good, but the bad feeling of it will help you learn and grow. It makes the sweet moments in life even sweeter and the gratitude more sincere.

To have a happier and more successful life, you don’t learn from success or accomplishment, but through pain and failures. For it is in those moments that you learn how to do better in the future or at least cope a little more easily.

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You are the strong person you are today because of the hardships this life has presented to you. While you may have felt out of control when those hard times came, the one thing you will always have control over is how you choose to react to things. The next time you hurt or you’re angry or sad, acknowledge it and allow yourself to ruminate in it. Then take a deep breath and start learning from that pain. You’ve got this!

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Reference

[1] University of Calgary: Why is Pain Important?
[2] Greater Good Magazine: The Importance of Pain

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