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How sad movies actually make you happier

Although it may sound counter-intuitive, watching a tear-jerker may actually lift your spirits. New research from the U.S. suggests watching sad movies can make you happier.

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Although it may sound counter-intuitive, watching a tear-jerker may actually lift your spirits. New research from the U.S. suggests watching sad movies can make you happier. Researchers surveyed students before, during and after watching a sob-inducing film and found a post-viewing boost in the mood of participants. Because these flicks are actually based on themes of love, they “make people think about their close relationships — which generally contribute most to personal happiness,” says lead author Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick. Titanic, anyone?