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by Dianna Ranere

Six Ways Films Help Your Health

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Films have always been a staple when it comes to entertainment. Whether you curl up on the couch after your working day, watch a late-night film on an OMDb API in bed, or head the theatre to catch the latest blockbuster hit, you can’t deny that movies are a big part of our life. 

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Movies not only entertain us, but they also influence our thoughts and behaviors. We identify to characters, get inspired by storylines, and start to discuss thought-provoking themes. Let’s have a look at some of the health benefits they give us below: 

They Are ‘Therapeutic’

Film therapy is real. Since movies bring out all sorts of emotions, psychotherapy developers have used movies to induce emotions and behavioral reactions in therapy. Film therapy enables you to focus on your issues using the movie’s content, thus making you more aware of any problems and a way to fix them is created. 

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Laughter Is The Best Medicine 

Watching comedies or romcoms has been proven to improve your mood and health. There are many certified doctors who will agree that laughing causes your blood vessels to dilate thus, lowering your blood pressure, decreasing your stress levels, boosting your immune system, and helping reduce anxiety. It is said that watching something that is funny and laughing out loud can have as much benefit for you as 10-15 mins of cardio exercise. 

Helping You To Express Feelings 

Genres can give you mixed feelings, and it can lead to you have mixed feelings. However, watching films of many genres can help you to express a huge range of emotions. Although it’s not good to keep watching sad movies if you are already feeling depressed, watching movies like this can help you to feel gratitude towards your own life and loved ones; which could lead to you feeling more content than before.

Help You To Understand Yourself 

Movies tend to offer you some time of reflection this is because they can help you make sense of your own life. Storytelling can give you different perspectives and thoughts that you can relate to. You can try to understand your own life and analyze the events as if you are looking at the characters, not yourself. 


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They Inspire Creativity

Studies have shown that when it comes to children and young adults, movies can inspire creativity. After watching imaginative movies, students have been seen to score higher on creative thinking tests than those who watched other movies. Fantasy movies help them to approach life in a more creative way.

They Encourage Self-Expression

Movies can encourage emotional release, especially if someone has trouble expressing themselves. Whether you are crying or laughing because of movies, the emotional release that it provides can be cathartic, and it enables you to become more expressive in real life.

Movies don’t just entertain you and give you the opportunity to escape, they can also affect your behavior and health. They can make us happier, appreciate life more, and give us the chance to reflect. No matter how they impact us, we can all agree that it’s a clever piece of art that is good for our health. 


How do movies help you and your health? Please share some of them in the comments below.