Why losing tears at emotional films in 2021 helps restore your brains
Written By Emily Gunn
Living enclosed within four walls, reflecting on a time in the past when freedom with our loved ones was foolishly overlooked, I wondered if 2021 was the right year to be drawing ourselves into depressing movies.
I remember wailing into my soppy cheeks when Will Smith lowered himself into a bath of murdering Jellyfish in “Seven Pounds”, questioning why I frequently returned to this heartbreaking scene.
What was it about the safety warning of, “You will require tissues for this film…” that made my brain think, “…crying is exactly what I need.” I constantly seek dramas like ‘‘Manchester by the Sea” and “Pursuit of Happiness” to once again immerse myself in tragedy, knowing I’m a relevantly happy individual. With these worldwide blockbusters hitting record views at home, I know I’m not the only one.
American Scientist Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick looked into how feeling low on fictional tales helps boost your attitude towards your own life, concluding that
“…tragedy-induced sadness instigates life reflection that increases tragedy enjoyment as well as specific thoughts about close relationships that, in turn, raises life happiness…”
(Tragedy Viewers Count Their Blessings, 2013)
— To be continued in our February 2021 issue of Cut Frame Magazine. —
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