Six Netflix Documentaries We Saw and Loved

So far, the first weeks of the year have been extremely worrying about everything that is happening in the country and in the world. A Netflix marathon may not be the solution to your problems – nor an opportunity to get in shape –, but it can be the ideal formula to feed your mind with top-quality informative content.

If you're looking to emerge from your pandemic hibernation with a little more knowledge, we have some of the best documentaries on Netflix to suggest. Don't waste your energy on things you can't control and take advantage of your free time to learn something new. We share with you our six top picks, from the most emotional to the most informative and enlightening.

The Mind, Explained (2019)

The Mind, Explained dives into topics like the racial wealth gap, DNA editing, and more in just 20-minute segments. Part of Vox Media's limited series Explained , this documentary takes apart everything about the human mind and how it works, investigating what really happens inside the brain, exploring various functions such as memory formation and retention, dreaming, psychedelic drugs and mental health problems such as anxiety.

Our planet (2019)

This film shows the biodiversity that our planet offers us and was created through the efforts of a team of 600 members who worked for more than 3,500 days of filming in 50 countries. A cinematographic work that will make you not only appreciate the magnificent world we live in, but also inspire you and care about preserving it.

The Goop Lab (2020)

The open-minded spirit that characterizes the lifestyle website Goop , created by Gwyneth Paltrow, extends to a six-episode documentary series where the actress and her team reveal their curiosity and explore topics such as female pleasure, energy, hallucinogenic drugs and other challenging wellness topics. A series designed to entertain and inform, not provide medical advice.

My Octopus Teacher (2020)

It was considered the antidote of 2020, but it can be seen as much more than that. My Octopus Teacher is an emotional documentary about Nature, which tells us a love story that any animal lover should know. Follow the experiences of Craig Foster, a diver and cameraman who decides to take a daily underwater walk to visit an octopus on the cold South African coast.

The minimalists: Less is now (2021)

The minimalists question the excessive importance that society attaches to material goods. Have you ever wondered if this desire to acquire more things is really contributing to our happiness? This new documentary explores the “less is more” concept of minimalism and how this way of life can make us more fulfilled, contradicting the idea that we need to accumulate new items to be happy.

Headspace: Guide to meditation (2021)

If you have never meditated because you believe that this practice is not for you, or if you would like to find some inner peace, then this documentary is our definitive suggestion. Created in partnership with the popular meditation app Headspace , this new documentary series teaches viewers all the basics of meditation, explaining how our lives can improve if we decide to implement mindfulness into our daily lives. A new meaning for the expression « Netflix and chill ».

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