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Why sad music and films help us feel better when we’re down

Why sad music and films help us feel better when we’re down
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Do you ever find yourself looking to watch melancholy films when you’re feeling down? Well, you’re not alone!

The Journal of Consumer Research shows that the average person would rather turn to media that directly represents their current mood to help them feel better about themselves, over consuming music or films that are happier and more optimistic.

Having relationship problems? Maybe a romantic comedy will help you feel more optimistic about your current situation. Longing for a major life change? Listening to your favorite music artist might help you remember that things always happen for a reason.

You would think that if you are feeling down that you would want to consume something that is more positive, but research showed that people tend to listen to sad music and watch sad films since, well… misery loves company!

What is one film or song that you consume when you’re feeling sad?

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