To stave off possible boredom while at home, every week Marhaba delves into the wonderful world of popular culture to find the best new TV series, movies, books, and music.


Everyone can use some peace and stillness after the journey 2020 has taken us on. Start the new year right by clearing your mind with this collaboration of Headspace and Netflix which will debut on the first of January. ‘Headspace Guide to Meditation’ is a new animated series narrated by Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe. Learn more about the tools to build a meditation practice or explore the science behind it with eight simple and binge-worthy episodes. Each 20-minute episode showcases a different mindfulness technique that aids in the practice of meditation — focusing on subjects such as stress, sleep, and letting go — and ends with a guided meditation at the finale of every chapter. Netflix will debut two additional series including Headspace Guide to Sleep and another interactive experience later in the year.


Before Marie Kondo, there were ‘The Minimalists.’ If you have been wanting to start your journey to minimalism, ‘The Minimalists: Less is Now’ can be a perfect guide for you. Longtime friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus share how our lives can be better with less. Millburn & Nicodemus explained on their site that minimalism is the ‘thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s important things—which aren’t things at all.’ The film follows various people as they try to make progress getting rid of things in their lives, while discussing the power in that. This feature, also debuting on 1 January, is a follow up to director Matt D’Avella’s 2015 docu ‘Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.’



If you are thinking about taking on a New Year’s resolution or two? This book probably will make the New Year’s resolutions stick, if you are keen on changing habits. Atomic Habits by James Clear is one of the most comprehensive guides on how to change your habits and get 1% better every day.

The book will help to reshape the way you think about progress and success, and provides you with strategies to transform your  habits. Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviours that lead to remarkable results.

Buy the book on Amazon.



New Year’s Eve might look a little different in 2020, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a music-filled celebration. Here are some songs you can include in your playlist! We could all use a little motivation and inspiration to bring us into 2021. These songs celebrate a better tomorrow.

  • ‘High Hopes’ – Panic! At the Disco
  • ‘Happy New Year’ – ABBA
  • ‘Firework’ – Katy Perry
  • ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times’ – Jamie xx ft. Young Thug & Popcaan
  • ‘Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy’ – Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland
  • ‘Can’t Hold Us’ – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  • ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson
  • ‘New Year’s Day’ – Pentatonix
  • ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ – Johnny Nash
  • ‘Happy’ – Pharrell Williams
  • ‘Peace’ – Norah Jones
  • ‘Here Comes the Sun’ – The Beatles
  • ‘Brand New Day’ – Dizzee Rascal
  • ‘New Rules’ – Dua Lipa
  • ‘New Year’s Day’ – Bon Jovi
  • ‘thank u, next’ – Ariana Grande

Author: Wesley Dizon, Lubuna Kakkassery

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