10 Movies For When You Need To Feel Inspired

10 Movies For When You Need To Feel Inspired

There's nothing better than a feel-good movie.

Last week's article was about movies to watch if you need a good cry, While these week's movies might make you cry as well, it should be for a different reason. These movies should inspire you and make you feel good. All the movies listed down below, are based on true stories.

Yes, they may not have happened exactly that way or have been altered for more drama or Hollywood effect but the core story did happen and that itself is remarkable.

Too often do these kinds of stories go unnoticed and in a way, we can thank the people in the movie industry who make it their jobs to find these stories and share them with the world. What think is also worth mentioning is the great diversity that these movies bring with them. It sends the message that it doesn't matter who you are, where you come from or what you have done in your life so far, you always have the opportunity to do something extraordinary.

If you don't know what to do on a rainy Friday night and you want to just cuddle up on the couch, pick any of these movies and let yourself be inspired.

1. Hidden Figures

African American women working as human computers at NASA to help launch the first astronaut in space during a time when they still had to fight for their most basic rights? This story is so unbelievable, that it's crazy it took so long for Hollywood to make it into a movie.

2. Freedom Writers

It only takes one person who truly believes in you, to help you turn your life around. In this particular case, it was a teacher, who saw the incredible amount of potential in students who had not experienced much love or care before. Combine that with education and you have a recipe for success.

3. The Blind Side

A family is everything but the family doesn't always need to be blood-related. Taking that boy into their home and allowing him to unfold his potential was the greatest thing they could have ever done. There's a reason this movie was nominated at the Oscars.

4. The Pursuit of Happiness

A father who has lost it all fights his way back to provide a better life for his son and himself. No matter how low you think you have fallen, you can always get back up on your feet if you are willing to give it your all.

5. Eat Pray Love

It is never too late to change your life. You ALWAYS have the opportunity to pack up and leave if you deem it necessary. And while the journey itself can be scary, the rewards will be even more plentiful.

6. Soul Surfer

When life throws the absolute worst at you, you have two options. You can either quit or you can keep going despite the hardship to come out on top of it. That's exactly what this movie teaches you. Your dreams are never too far out of reach no matter what the circumstances might be.

7. Won't Back Down

Education is knowledge and knowledge is power. But what is even more powerful are two mothers who will stop at nothing to ensure that their children are getting the education they deserve. Because at the end of the day our children are our future.

8. Loving

Love can truly conquer it all. If it weren't for these courageous two individuals who decided to put an end to the interracial marriage barrier non-sense, many couples couldn't legally wed today which seems just completely outrageous. And they just did it because they loved each other. Plain and simple as that.

9. Erin Brockovich

Sheer will and determination can get you extremely far in life, even if you are going against a really big and powerful company. But doing the right thing is rarely the easy thing to do. This incredible movie gives hope that there is still some justice in the world and that the big companies can't just do whatever they want.

10. McFarland USA

Everyone has a great potential in them that is just waiting to come out. All too often people in underprivileged areas don't get that chance. But thankfully, this story is not about that. This story shows you that if you have someone who believes in and gives you the opportunity to let out that potential, anything is possible.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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