Do you enjoy watching sad movies? Lately, I’ve been avoiding three-hankie tearjerkers like The Fault in Our Stars out of fear that I’ll leave the theater feeling more depressed than entertained. Where’s the enjoyment in that?
Also, I don’t need to spend $10 (plus the cost of movie theater popcorn) to have a good cry when I can do it for free at home. All I need to do is think about my never-ending to-do list, our upcoming move, or how tired I always am and the tears start flowing. (Unless I’m too exhausted to even cry, which has happened before.)
However, according to this article, watching a movie with a sad ending actually increases our happiness:
When we see a tragedy unfold, we’re motivated to think about our own close relationships, which spurs happy thoughts. Witnessing an onscreen tragedy also offers a glimmer of hope and a sense of transcendence about human existence. It puts our daily troubles in perspective and makes us consider the deeper meaning of life.
Something to think about when choosing a movie this weekend!
What’s in your Netflix queue? Any Kleenex-worthy films?
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