Smiling through the tears: Study shows how tearjerkers make people happier
- 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.
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