Sad movies can be good for our mental and emotional well-being, but how? It seems like a paradox that we can enjoy being sad, but media psychologists are discovering that sad movies are tools we use to understand and organize our own pain. We learn how to react to pain by watching others, even characters on TV, and we can learn to ease the suffering of others as well.
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This movies is full to the brim with tenderness and nostalgia. Up to the final shot of the film we are reminded very softly, like a felt paw on our shoulder, that we should remember to nourish our inner child - to listen to them deeply and respectfully - and to be a little kinder to ourselves.
This gentle and punish-less game is ideal for those who might need an oasis away from anxiety or stress. Its accessibility, gorgeous design, and stress-free gameplay make it ideal for relaxation and recovery.
(This is part of a new series about emotionally intelligent YouTube channels. YouTube can either be addictive or educational; it is in our best interest to learn how to navigate its murky waters so we can use it as a cultural tool for bettering ourselves. The channels recommended in this series can, if we practice mindful watching, … Continue reading YouTube We Need: Sexplanations
Here is the start of a series exploring YouTube channels we need. So far this blog has featured games and movies we need; as in games and movies that are useful for learning more about ourselves and broadening our emotional intelligence. But it's time to gear up and descend into the deep, never-ending abyss well … Continue reading The YouTube We Need: Grandma’s Recipes
If we have trouble forgiving small offenses we might find it hard to know the difference between mistakes and betrayals. Something goes wrong and we feel a twinge of panic - we feel overlooked, disrespected, and burdened by our offender. If we're particularly sensitive to others' mistakes our entire days can be soured by someone's … Continue reading Thoughts: On Forgiving the Little Things
The Stanley Parable is a peculiar game that came out just about 5 years ago. I played it and loved it. I squirreled my way to every ending possible. And even today, whenever I dig through my memory for my favorite narrative games, it still rises towards the top. Which is funny because The Stanley … Continue reading The Stanley Parable: Meaningful Choice
We love the idea of mindfulness. We love the idea of slowing down and listening to the wind, feeling the earth under us, and indulging in every sensation in a given moment. Mindfulness is hard. We're always so busy, running from work to home and dealing with everything in between. It can be difficult to … Continue reading Thoughts: On Emotional Mindfulness
Something really stings when we see somebody from a similar background - someone from our school, work, or circle of friends - somehow have the energy to get something we always wanted. Although we might feel envious of the super rich and famous, we rarely feel jealousy for these distant, otherworldly people. Jealous stings the … Continue reading Thoughts: Coping with Jealousy