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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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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