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The Scarier the Better: How Horror Flicks Are Good For Your Health!

Do you think horror movies are a waste of time? Or are you too afraid to watch them? Well, think again! There are two kinds of scary movie watchers — the first one being those who get scared but continue to watch the movie, and the second one being those who make fun of the scenes instead of being terrified. If you are a scaredy cat and despise horror flicks, try and sit through one the next time you and your friends decide to watch one. Apparently, getting scared is actually good for you. Hard to believe, right? Well, here are some of its benefits, especially for your mental health and well-being.

It helps in de-stressing

Though it might seem like watching a scary movie can be quite stressful, it is just the opposite. This kind of movie genre has plots that are usually unpredictable, giving the audience the thrill of suspense. The uncertainty of the story paired with the horror elements provide a distraction from the stress in your actual life. Also, the rush of adrenaline helps in reducing anxiety and depression. A scientific research has also proven that a good scare helps lift our mood, leaving us less anxious and less frustrated and making us happier by releasing various hormones and neurotransmitters. It is the same feeling after completing an adventurous activity, like bungee jumping – it gives us a sense of accomplishment.

It helps release essential hormones that are good for the body

As mentioned before, the release of various hormones and neurotransmitters is actually very good for our brain. Dopamine, glutamate, and serotonin are some of them. They control our mood swings, appetite, sleep — they all basically play a crucial role in our well-being. These also help keep the brain active. It has been found that especially women benefit a lot from watching scary movies as they tend to be more emotional than men.

It burns calories

It might seem unbelievable, but watching a scary movie can burn as much as 184 calories. A test conducted in 2012 showed that the movie The Shining helped burn the most calories – 184 in total! Others like Jaws and The Exorcist were not too bad as well. It seems that all the jumping, shrieking, covering your eyes, and pounding heartbeat end up burning some fat. All these activities, along with the adrenaline rush, decrease our appetite, too. So now you know, here is a secret weight loss method that most people would not know of – watching too many scary movies! If you want to burn a specific number of calories, here is a list of 10 movies that help the most.

  • The Shining: 184 calories.
  • Jaws: 161 calories.
  • The Exorcist: 158 calories.
  • Alien: 152 calories.
  • Saw: 133 calories. 
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories.
  • Paranormal Activity: 111 calories.
  • The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: 107 calories.
  • (Rec) : 101 calories.

It boosts our immune system

Another study has proved that watching scary movies helps boost our immune system. It so happens that the sudden rush of blood circulation and the increase in white blood corpuscles is extremely good for your immunity. Which means, the more scary movies you watch, the better your chances of avoiding deadly diseases.

It helps us face reality with more confidence

A scary movie with all its unexpected twists and turns makes us better prepared for reality. It helps us face our own fears or phobias and handle things better. It increases our confidence level when we see the bad guys being defeated and the good prevail in the end. Of course, it’s fictionalized but the illusion creates a sense of satisfaction.

Halloween is still a few months away, but in case you want to spend your weekends binge-watching horror movies and eat whatever you want, go ahead! If anybody tries to reprimand you, tell them about this research that showed how horror movies can be good for your health. But remember that too much of something is not good! Now go snuggle up with a cozy blanket, ready your popcorn, and watch a horror movie with your friends or family!

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