Crying is considered a sign of weakness and insecurity; however, science shows those who allow themselves to be sad during movies are emotionally strong, mindful and joyous.
Do you break down in tears of joy over a reunion scene, or shed tears of sorrow over the death of a child in a movie? Do you skip watching movies like Titanic, Armageddon, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, and Love Actually because they are certified tearjerkers? Do you get emotionally wrapped up in movies? Do epic tragedies, mushy romantic dramas, real-life sports inspirations, or heartbreaking endings open the floodgates of tears and leave you with a painful, long-lasting hangover? In short, do movies make you cry?
If yes, you are not alone and so you don’t have to feel ashamed or embarrassed about it. Research suggests around 92% of movie goers have been reduced to tears during at least one movie. Additionally, people who cry during movies are the strongest, more empathetic, sociable and generous. Crying is considered a sign of weakness and insecurity; however, science shows those who allow themselves to be sad during movies are emotionally strong and mindful. The Earth Child writes:
Oxytocin makes us more sensitive to social cues around us. In many situations, social cues motivate us to engage to help others, particularly if the other person seems to need our help. …So, go see a movie and laugh and cry. It’s good for your brain, and just might motivate you to make positive changes in your life and in others’ lives as well.”
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