These Netflix documentaries are not only entertaining but also inspirational that feature wonderful messages to lift your spirits and add positivity to your life

Curling up on a couch for a Netflix marathon might not sound like a productive activity, but hear us out—Netflix is a gold mine of uplifting and informative documentaries that will feed your mind and boost your mood.

From debunking diet myths to understanding the art of decluttering, sit back and scroll through to find our list of the must-watch documentaries and docu-series that will not only help you kick-start your 2021 wellness goals, but also inspire you to live your best life. 

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Tidying Up With Marie Kondo (2019)

Marie Kondo's best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying : The Japanese Art, comes to life in this uplifting Netflix original series as she visits people's homes to help them declutter and rediscover what "sparks joy" in their lives, while offering clever tips to viewers. Through acts of gratitude and mindfulness, Marie Kondo shows that organisation isn't just about tidying up our space, it's about creating new habits that encourage inner peace and, most importantly, joy.

Watch it here

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The Magic Pill (2017)

Looking for inspiration to eat healthier? The Magic Pill has everything you need to know about one of the most popular diets du jour: the ketogenic diet. Featuring a 10-week experiment on people who are attempting to combat illness with by going keto, this documentary will blow your mind with the magic of fat explained.

Watch it here

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Queer Eye

Through the eyes of the “Fab Five”, we see their exquisite taste—in interior design, fashion, food and wine and most important of all, their perception of self-love—come together as they help men completely make over their lives. While appreciating the gang’s epic transformations, it’s as entertaining as it is heart-warming to watch.

Watch it here

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Resurface (2017)

It’s not difficult to see why this is regarded as one of the most heartfelt Netflix originals—the program follows a group of military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as they heal and rediscover their emotional and physical strength through surf therapy.

Watch it here

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The Minimalists: Less Is Now (2020)

There’s no better time to take a moment to reflect and learn to live a more fulfilling, meaningful life during these uncertain times, and the new Netflix show The Minimalists: Less Is Now serves as a perfect guide. Featuring the popular simple-living duo, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, they lead viewers on an enlightening ride exploring the benefits of living a minimalist lifestyle while explaining why clearing all that clutter can help you to make more room for your passion. 

Watch it here

(Related: Tatler How-To: Design A Streamlined Home That Makes It Easy To Declutter)

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Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2015)

If you enjoyed watching Joshua and Ryan's new show, make sure you give their earlier production a watch. This film will fuel your life with positive energy and change the way you see the world as people from all walks of life and all industries—from journalists to scientists and even a Wall Street broker—make their case for why less truly is more. Watch it to discover why sometimes it's in the littlest things are where we find true happiness.

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Daughters Of Destiny (2017)

Filmed over 7 years, Daughters of Destiny follows a group of girls in rural India, who are part of the country's most impoverished families. The girls attend the Shanti Bhavan school, which provides free education to poverty-stricken children. Expect tons of heartfelt and inspiring moments while following their journey for a brighter future.

Watch it here 

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Cooked (2016)

Acclaimed journalist and food expert Michael Pollan delves into the history of food and culture, giving us a new positive outlook on food. In Cooked, he reminds viewers that the essence of cooking is not only an everyday practice but more a source of joy and a way to nourish and care for the people you love.

Watch it here

(Related: The Art of Eating Better in 2021: 4 Emerging Trends to Know)

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Expedition Happiness (2017)

A young German filmmaker sets out on a road trip across North America in a refurbished school bus with his musician girlfriend and their beloved dog in search for a state of pure bliss. What’s great about the show is that the couple used an intimate, straightforward approach to capture their journey from Alaska to the southern tip of Mexico on camera, which makes it a truly compelling narrative to watch. This show is also a wonderful reminder to live in the moment and expend your comfort zone to pursue meaningful adventures.  

Watch it here

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Dogs (2018)

Nothing really beats these warm and fuzzy bundles of unconditional love. This feel-good piece features six intimate stories of humans and their dogs, which will surely melt your heart and teach a lesson or two about gratitude and self-compassion.

Watch it here

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Abstract: The Art of Design (2017)

This is one for art enthusiasts who have always want to step inside the minds of some of the world's most innovative designers. From architects to photographers and interior designers, Abstract delves deep into exploring eight people’s unique creative processes. 

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This article was originally published on January 15, 2019 and was updated on January 1, 2021.