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How Tearjerkers Make People Happier

From the 29 March 2012 Medical News Today article

People enjoy watching tragedy movies like “Titanic” because they deliver what may seem to be an unlikely benefit: tragedies actually make people happier in the short-term.

Researchers found that watching a tragedy movie caused people to think about their own close relationships, which in turn boosted their life happiness. The result was that what seems like a negative experience – watching a sad story – made people happier by bringing attention to some positive aspects in their own lives.

“Tragic stories often focus on themes of eternal love, and this leads viewers to think about their loved ones and count their blessings,” said Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, lead author of the study and associate professor of communication at Ohio State University. …

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March 29, 2012 - Posted by | Psychology | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Interesting. Of course, we already know people gain something they find valuable from tragedies, as well as horror: otherwise the popularity of both genres would be awkward to explain.

    Comment by gregmercer601 | March 29, 2012 | Reply


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