Beat the chill with a weepy film

Could getting emotional help you to get through the cold climate of winter?


Beat the chill with a weepy film

Can’t stand the cold weather? Cosy up indoors with a sad movie. Research suggests that emotional films can actually strengthen our threshold for physical pain or discomfort – and this could help us cope with biting winter temperatures.

Apparently, tear-jerkers encourage our bodies to release natural painkillers and a rush of feel-good chemicals. In scientific studies, people were able to endure challenging stretches for 13 per cent longer after viewing, but only if the film was emotive.

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