Sad movies make me…. happy?

I was interested but not surprised to read, about a study which suggests watching sad movies make people happy. The study at Ohio State University found that, having subjects watch the movie Atonement (definitely not a cheery tale), encouraged viewers to think about the positive aspects of their own close relationships and to count their blessings, which boosted their happiness levels.

It was not, as you might have thought, people thinking “Oh, their life sucks, that makes me feel much better about mine”, but it actually made them reflect on the good things about the relationships in their life. Those who, after the movie, were just thinking about themselves, rather than about their close bonds, didn’t experience any increase in life happiness. Read more…