Who doesn’t love a tear jerker? We are not robots. While a lot of times we need our rom-coms to cheer us up, sometimes we just want to curl up on the couch and settle in for some melancholic watching. Why do we watch sad movies? A question many of us might have wondered. Is it just because seeing people’s misery makes us appreciate what we have? After listening to this podcast, you will be surprised to find out the real reason why most people are drawn to melancholy.
1. tear jerker (n.)賺人眼淚的電影
2. rom-com (romantic comedy)(n.)浪漫愛情喜劇
It was that kind of melancholic evening, that’s all there was to it. 那就是一個悲傷的夜晚，沒什麼特別的。
The strike has caused us a lot of misery. 這個罷工帶給了我們很多不幸。
A new study reveals watching distressing movies may boost our tolerance to pain.
Researchers of Oxford University say that movies that get your emotions going can increase the amount of endorphins released by the brain.
Dr. Robin Donbar, the co-author of the study explained that maybe the emotional distress you get from tragedy triggers the endorphin system.
He added,”The same areas in the brain that deal with physical pain also handle psychological pain.”
The invited 169 people to take part in the experiment. One group watched a traumatic drama about a disabled man battling homelessness, drug addiction, and alcoholism.
Another group watched a documentary on the geology and archeology of Britain.
The result showed that on average, the pain tolerance of those who watched a traumatic drama increased by 13.1 %.
This compared to an average decreasing pain threshold of 4.6 % for those who watched a documentary.
Dr. Donbar suggested one reason we like watching sad movies is the natural high from the endorphins.
17.natural high(n.) 自然嗨
a euphoric or excited state that is not due to ingestion of drugs or another substance
Crossing the items off her to-do list gave her a natural high.
參考來源/ Breaking News English, The Guardian