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It’s one of the best Halloween pastimes, dressing up in ridiculous costumes, attending parties than finally watching a dead girl come out of your TV or being haunted by a knife-wielding psychopath will keep the light on for a couple of days. Even as people still see it as a guilty pleasure, it really shouldn’t be.

But every now and then, having a real jump scare could be good for you. Here’s why:

1. Watching horror movies relieves tension as you go through a gauntlet of emotions #ThinkCatharsis

2. Watching scary movies exercises your brain by preparing your mind for dangers:

Scary flicks help us face our fears and combat phobias. As the brain senses danger, it produces additional energy directed at the activeness of neurotransmitters glutamate, dopamine, and serotonin. As a result, the body remains in a state of combat readiness for some time.

3. Psychology professor, Jeffery Goldstein says that studies show that watching scary movies can also affirm our faith in justice which isn’t always the case in reality. “When we see justice is done, it reaffirms our belief that justice is possible.”

So the next time you think twice about watching evil dolls coming to life, haunted houses with unexplained noises and possessed children, go ahead and watch it, it might just improve your health 😉