A new study has claimed that a decent crying can indeed make people feel better. The study, published in Springer’s journal Motivation and Emotion, has found that watching tragedy movies enhanced the mind-sets of viewers one and half hour after the films ended.
For the study, Asmir Gracanin of the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands and his team recorded a group of participants while watching the emotionally charged films Life Is Beautiful (La vita e bella) and Hachi: A Dog’s Tale.
A short time later, the participants were asked a few times to reflect on how they felt.
Researchers examined both the immediate and the delayed effect of crying on mood within a controlled laboratory setting. The two films shown to 60 participants are known to be tearjerkers, PTI reported.
Immediately afterwards, the 28 participants who cried and the 32 who didn’t shed a tear were asked how they felt. They also had to rate their moods 20 and 90 minutes later.
The mood of the non-criers was unchanged and unaffected immediately after seeing the films. The mood of the criers, on the other hand, was distinctively low and even took a dip.
Within 20 minutes, however, their mood had returned to the level reported before the screening.
Finally, after 90 minutes, the criers reported even a better mood than was the case before the films started. Such a mood shift was not tied to the number of times that a person cried during the films.
According to Gracanin, it’s this dip and subsequent return of emotions to previous levels that might make criers feel as if they are in a much better mood after they have shed some tears.
The study found that it seemed the criers even experience a general mood increase, but only after a longer period of time.
“After the initial deterioration of mood following crying, it takes some time for the mood not only to recover but also to be lifted above the levels at which it had been before the emotional event,” Gracanin said.Follow @gorkhapost
Country marking today as Black Day
KATHMANDU- The country is marking today (December 16) as Black Day to protest the disposition of the first democratically elected government by the late former king Mahendra Shah on December 15, 1960.
Mahendra took charge of the state with the help of the then Royal Nepali Army and formulated the Panchayat System by overthrowing the elected government led by B.P. Koirala and dissolving the parliament.
Various programmes are scheduled on the occasion.Follow @gorkhapost