The Case For Crying Your Feelings Out During A Movie
"Movies can touch feelings in us that we don't normally have access to."
Lena Aburdene Derhally
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From a psychotherapy point of view, releasing of emotions is a very good thing, especially when we have allowed emotions to build up inside for too long.
Crying doesn't just feel like a release; it releases toxins (which decreases stress), endorphins (hormones that make us feel happier), and oxytocin (the hormone that connects us with others).
During a movie, crying is particularly helpful because you're connecting to some emotion on the screen without actually going through it in real life.
For example, if there is a death in a movie and it resonates with us, it may help us reconnect with our grief.
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