Watching sad movies can be what the doctor ordered. A new study shows that watching movies may boost our to pain. Researchers at Oxford University say that emotional movies can increase the of endorphins released by the . These are our body's natural - chemicals that relieve physical or pain. Dr Robin Dunbar explained that: "The [distress] you get from tragedy triggers the endorphin ….The same areas in the brain that deal with physical pain handle psychological pain."
Dr Dunbar and his conducted tests to find out the tragic stories have on us. One group of people in their watched a traumatic about a disabled man battling homelessness, drugs and . Another group watched a film on Britain's and archaeology. On average, the pain tolerance of those who watched the drama increased by 13.1 per cent, while the pain for those who watched the documentary decreased by 4.6 per cent. Dr Dunbar suggested one we like to watch sad movies is the natural from the .