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Sad Movie Take the Pain Away

A sad or traumatic movie might be just what the doctor ordered. Studies have been done that have shown people who watch distressing movies boost their tolerance to pain. Odd as that might seem researchers say that movies get our emotions on the run thus increasing the number of endorphins that get released by the brain. Endorphins are our body’s natural painkillers. In simple terms, they are chemicals that make us feel better after we have experienced physical or psychological pain.

A series of tests were done to determine the effect that tragic stories leave on us. The experiment was done with the participation of 169 people. One group watched a movie about a disabled man who was homeless and dealing with drug addiction and alcoholism. The second group watched a documentary on the geology and archaeology of Britain. The results were that the pain tolerance of the first group watching the drama increased by 13.1% while for the second group watching the documentary there was an average decrease in pain tolerance by 4.6%. It was suggested that one reason might be people enjoy watching sad movies because they get a natural high from the endorphins. In other words, their emotions run free so to say.

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