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Does Watching a Sad Movie Make You Feel Happier?

Living 2012/04/01 20:41:37
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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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  • iHatespam jflip 2012/04/02 06:58:57
    iHatespam
    Maybe to appreciate life more?
  • Sandman366 iHatespam 2012/04/02 12:48:35 (edited)
    Sandman366
    (Note: For those who haven't watched Contagion, spoilers.)

    Oh yes, let's all go watch an alternate version of Contagion, where no cure/vaccine is developed. Whole world dies.

    Yeah, THAT'S going to make me feel better..."at least we didn't get a swine/bat flu crossover that killed millions of people" (or in the alternate version, EVERYONE).

    Seriously, the most positive things in the movie are that we survive, and they look like they're going to kill Matt Damon in like, the first 20 minutes, and keep him alive without crappy writing. (It's a survival that makes sense. O_O) Oh, and that one of the main research guys gave away his cure to some other people. Nicest thing in the movie. (That other dirtbag was trying to make money off of the world dying. Yeah, he could've been the richest person in the world. Could've been the only person in the world too, so even being in debt would make you the richest.)
  • brittneylalaa 2012/04/02 02:32:47
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    brittneylalaa
    +1
    Sometimes. I was watching the move The Help and I felt happy afterwards that things are different today. It really depends on the movie.
  • Mazza 2012/04/02 02:29:27
    No
    Mazza
    Oddly enough, it does. I think the feeling after the film is a good one.
  • wtxwoman 2012/04/02 02:00:18
    Yes
    wtxwoman
    Sure, because your live doesn't seem so bad by comparison.
  • nothingbutthetruth 2012/04/02 01:54:19
    No
    nothingbutthetruth
    Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaad movies always makes me cryyyyyyyyyyyy. Do you remember the song to that?
  • Arleneg... nothing... 2012/04/02 04:17:42
  • Arleneg... nothing... 2012/04/02 05:46:58
  • nothing... Arleneg... 2012/04/02 08:13:39
    nothingbutthetruth
    So how come she gave you the secret on how to do it and you have said .you make nothing. So what make you think anybody will believe you if you haven't no proof of yourself to prove. Are you not lucky yet?(:
  • Osaka 2012/04/02 01:50:43
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    Osaka
    It depends, some of the more tragic films like Bicentennial Man and a few anime films have a enjoyable quality.
  • lol justin bieber lol 2012/04/02 01:46:19
    Yes
    lol justin bieber lol
    Yes becase someting good in the end happenss
  • ajracestables1 2012/04/02 01:45:44
    No
    ajracestables1
    I cry at sad movies.
  • malloryXD 2012/04/02 01:44:22
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    malloryXD
    They make me laugh Jk, •.-
  • Max7 2012/04/02 01:44:10
    No
    Max7
    Just the opposite
  • 3052457 2012/04/02 01:42:33
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/04/02 01:40:03
  • The Winter Sodahead 2012/04/02 01:38:32
    No
    The Winter Sodahead
    No but its fun to talk to you.
  • Anna 2012/04/02 01:37:56
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    Anna
    Sometimes. Depends on the movie. Really.
  • boiyaza 2012/04/02 01:20:07
    Yes
    boiyaza
    People misfortunes are hilarious unlucky funny
  • American Nate 2012/04/02 01:14:39
    No
    American Nate
    Comedy movies make me feel better. Sad movies make it worse..
  • TheLightBehindYourEyes 2012/04/02 00:59:10
    No
    TheLightBehindYourEyes
    No, I usually become a big baby and cry
  • hannah 2012/04/02 00:43:29
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    hannah
    +1
    sometimes...depends on the movie really
  • Pureblood_ 2012/04/02 00:29:33
    No
    Pureblood_
    How will watching sad movies, while you're down, make you happier? From what i gather, its called a 'sad movie' for a reason! It doesnt make me feel better!
  • Beccy 2012/04/02 00:18:02
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    Beccy
    +1
    Sometimes because when I cry I feel better
  • Allie 2012/04/02 00:15:45
    No
    Allie
    usually makes me feel sadder lol
  • Sour Dime 2012/04/02 00:14:25
    No
    Sour Dime
    No, makes me feel sadder..
  • lolitalovely 2012/04/02 00:08:43
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    lolitalovely
    sometimes, but I mostly remain unaffected.
  • Bob DiN 2012/04/01 23:59:30
    No
    Bob DiN
    +1
    Thaey make me sad.
  • Morgan 2012/04/01 23:23:30
    No
    Morgan
    +2
    No it just makes me more sad.. But sometimes I need to let out tears to feel better, and sad movies just bring them out.
  • Lexi 2012/04/01 23:17:00
    No
    Lexi
    +8
    Watching a happy movie makes me happy! watching happy movie happy
  • Ginger 2012/04/01 23:09:46
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    Ginger
    +1
    Generally , i am happy so i can cry during watching a movie but after i wont even ask myself that question and restart my life . I watch movies because i like it not for making me sadder or happier , it could happen during watching but in my opinion the question its about after and not only during .
  • FrozenHeart 2012/04/01 23:01:17
    No
    FrozenHeart
    +4
    Um er well when I watch my little pony I feel happier.
    What? Don't judge me.
    er watch pony feel happier judge
  • malloryXD FrozenH... 2012/04/02 01:46:25
    malloryXD
    Its ok...I still like mlp to
  • kiki FrozenH... 2012/04/02 20:44:57
    kiki
    Haha me too
  • idk 2012/04/01 23:00:08
    No
    idk
    +1
    Nope it depresses me more
  • Kyle 2012/04/01 22:54:53
    No
    Kyle
    +2
    When I wanna feel good I watch A Knights Tale.

    A Knights Tale
  • Bill 2012/04/01 22:43:59
    No
    Bill
  • KatherineKnight250 2012/04/01 22:33:46
    No
    KatherineKnight250
    +2
    People who get happier watching sad movies are sick, like, you see a movie where a lot of people die and you get happy? a young girl loses her father that she absolutely loves and you get happy? People who do that are sick because they get happy when everyone else is sad.
  • Kibbles 2012/04/01 22:24:14
    No
    Kibbles
    +1
    Hell it depresses me even more, the only possible way for me to get happier from watching a sad movie is the morbid thought"hey at least that's not me"
  • Bulanova (Team Hargitay) 2012/04/01 22:13:30
    No
    Bulanova (Team Hargitay)
    +2
    What a crack team of "researchers."

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