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Does Watching a Sad Movie Make You Feel Happier?

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Feeling down in the dumps? Well, according to a recent study, if you are hoping to improve your mood by watching a movie, you may be better off choosing a tragedy over a comedy.

A team of researchers at Ohio State University discovered that when people watch tragic films they often leave with a “count your blessings” mentality about their relationships with loved ones. That type of thinking typically brightens moods in the short term.

“People seem to use tragedies as a way to reflect on the important relationships in their own life,” Associate Professor Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, who led the study, told Science Daily. “That can help explain why tragedies are so popular with audiences, despite the sadness they induce.”

The researchers came to these conclusions after showing an abridged version of Atonement, “the 2007 flick depicting two war-torn lovers who fall victim to casualties of conflict,” to 361 college students.



The team monitored the viewers’ responses before, during, and after the screening, by asking them a series of questions to measure their happiness and rate the emotions they were feeling throughout the movie.

What about you SodaHeads? Does watching a sad movie make you feel happier?

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  • Claude 2012/04/02 13:15:57
  • Maddog 2012/04/02 13:06:35
    No
    Maddog
    No, it makes me want to open a vein!
  • Sandman366 2012/04/02 12:40:32
    No
    Sandman366
    Let's go watch people die and see if we feel better.

    Probably less than 1% have a "count your blessings" mentality when they get out of there.

    Personally, I'd rather watch a comedy. The only way I hurt is if they're doing it wrong, or far too well. (As in, either they failed to amuse me, or I'm hurting from laughing so hard.)
  • Ana Novaković 2012/04/02 12:10:00
    No
    Ana Novaković
    +2
    No, it makes me feel even worse!
    worried smile
  • bettyboop 2012/04/02 12:04:44
    No
    bettyboop
    +3
    Sad movies make me cry usually, and there is nothing happy about leaky eyes and a runny nose. I like funny movies that make me laugh. Now watching Jerry Springer makes me want to count my blessings.
  • ♥K14 2012/04/02 11:26:46
    Yes
    ♥K14
    +1
    I like to laugh at others misery.
  • Miko 2012/04/02 11:22:57
    Other (please leave a comment)
    Miko
    Sometimes especially with sad romantic movies.
  • Khawla 2012/04/02 11:15:59
    No
    Khawla
    +1
    do bad things make u happy?
  • BrittanyRose1991 2012/04/02 11:09:22
    No
    BrittanyRose1991
    +1
    I cry when Jack Dawson dies in Titanic and I cry harder when Randy dies in Scream 2 :'(
  • RosaG 2012/04/02 10:56:23
    No
    RosaG
    +1
    Rather the opposite. That's why I generally don't like them.
  • T4yy1b 2012/04/02 10:37:15
    No
    T4yy1b
    i dont see why they would
  • freakoutnow... cuz mom's here 2012/04/02 10:33:47
    No
    freakoutnow... cuz mom's here
    +1
    A sad film makes me sad and depressed. A sad ending to an otherwise happy film can make me sad, happy, or angry depending on the film. If I want to happy I'll watch a Happy and Fun film instead.
  • kendra ... freakou... 2012/04/03 03:57:36
    kendra bethune
    +2
    no a movie like snow flower and secert fan sad movies make me emotional sometimes
  • Corsair 2012/04/02 10:21:24
    No
    Corsair
    +1
    I still cry when Ricky gets shot in Boys n da Hood.
  • bettyboop Corsair 2012/04/02 12:05:54
    bettyboop
    I like a man who can admit he cries.
  • Brian 2012/04/02 09:43:32
    Yes
    Brian
    +1
    If it hadn't been for Titanic, I would have totally overreacted when my girlfriend drowned.
  • Mara 2012/04/02 08:31:47
    Yes
    Mara
    I find it makes me feel better knowing that my life isn't nearly as bad as theirs, that might make me a little mean and selfish but it works
  • ∞Hailey∞ 2012/04/02 08:02:28
    No
    ∞Hailey∞
    +2
    But it make me laugh..I really don't know why Dx
  • hari 2012/04/02 07:43:47
    No
    hari
    +1
    That disturbs for some time
  • BigKwell 2012/04/02 07:24:15
    No
    BigKwell
    +1
    I still cry seeing John Coffey get executed on 'The Green Mile'.
  • bettyboop BigKwell 2012/04/02 12:06:34
    bettyboop
    So did I, that movie made me cry hard.
  • iHatespam 2012/04/02 06:56:31
    No
    iHatespam
    Wth?? I cried when I watched "the help" and it takes a lot to make me cry.
  • Red_Horse 2012/04/02 06:29:16
  • SemperRick 2012/04/02 06:20:40
    No
    SemperRick
    Just watch the movie "Taking Chance."
  • lady blue 2012/04/02 06:13:29
    No
    lady blue
    +1
    Is this a trick question ? LoL.

    Watching a sad movie makes me feel sad. No ifs or buts about it but I can do sad.
    If the movie has a good storyline then it's worth every tear.
  • efrain parra 2012/04/02 05:56:08
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    efrain parra
    wtf
  • Reach130 2012/04/02 05:45:52
    No
    Reach130
    Clearly their research is wrong...
  • Arleneg... Reach130 2012/04/02 05:46:33
  • Lauren 2012/04/02 05:36:43
    Other (please leave a comment)
    Lauren
    If I relate to it then yes, but If I dont It makes me happy Im not in that situation.
  • Captain Christopher 2012/04/02 04:30:39
    No
    Captain Christopher
    No.
  • ~HopelessRomanticM17~ 2012/04/02 04:24:13
    No
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    No! If it is truly sad, it makes me feel awful for a while!!
  • Arlenegeronimo 2012/04/02 04:15:58
  • taylor 2012/04/02 04:10:59
    No
    taylor
    It makes me fell sad duh haha
  • Arleneg... taylor 2012/04/02 04:17:26
  • Lauren Arleneg... 2012/04/02 05:37:38
    Lauren
    +1
    I want to kill you.
  • EastIndianFemme 2012/04/02 04:08:55
    Other (please leave a comment)
    EastIndianFemme
    +1
    I've seen a lot of sad (emotionally) movies that have driven me to tears!! Sad means sad, I hope? How is it supposed to make someone happy or joyous??
  • C.C. 2012/04/02 03:42:39
    No
    C.C.
    +1
    nope, makes me sad
  • Arleneg... C.C. 2012/04/02 04:17:34
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/04/02 03:03:32
  • jflip 2012/04/02 02:38:09
    No
    jflip
    +2
    Do you watch someone die, to feel more alive? That's never once happened to me.

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