Thanks to our recent collective obsession with true crime, the documentary genre has become almost synonymous with dark and twisted stories. (Thanks, Making a Murderer.) It's easy to forget documentaries are capable of inspiring the entire spectrum of human emotion, including joy. As proven by these 17 docs on Netflix to watch when you need cheering up, true-life movies can be just as effective as a laugh-out-loud comedy. From inspirational true stories to quirky slices of life, no matter what you need cheering up from, there's a documentary for you.
Checking into the Netflix documentary section, it can be a bit daunting to try to find anything that won't give you nightmares about serial killers or Nazis. But, if you do a little digging, the happy documentaries are there. There are music docs — filled with concerts and behind the scenes footage — and uplifting biographies. There are even documentaries on Netflix that are legitimately just long puppy videos. Have a big test stressing you out? Try watching Daughters of Destiny to get your studying mojo back. Struggling with the meaning of life? Babies will remind you not to take everything so seriously. Want a laugh? Press play on Isabella Rossellini's Green Porno Live!. I could go on, but I'll just let the other movies on the list speak for themselves.