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Watching sad or movies can sometimes be what the doctor ordered. A new study reveals that watching distressing movies may boost our to pain. Researchers at Oxford University say that movies that get your going can increase the of endorphins released by the brain. These are our body's natural - chemicals that make us feel better after physical or pain. Dr Robin Dunbar, a co-author of the study, explained that: "Maybe the [distress] you get from tragedy triggers the endorphin ." He added: "The same areas in the brain that deal with physical pain handle psychological pain."

Dr Dunbar and his conducted a series of to determine the effect that tragic stories have on . They invited 169 people to take in the experiment. One group watched a traumatic about a disabled man battling homelessness, drug addiction and . Another group watched a documentary on the and archaeology of Britain. The results showed that on , the pain tolerance of those who watched the traumatic drama increased by 13.1 per cent. This compared to an average in pain threshold of 4.6 per cent for those who watched the documentary. Dr Dunbar suggested one reason we like watching sad movies is the natural from the endorphins.

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