Crying at movies makes you stronger, says science

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Even if we don't like to admit it, we've all cried during a sad movie. 

And while it seems to just result in used tissues and tear-soaked popcorn - scientists say they are actually good for us.

For one, they bring us closer together; our love of an emotional tale evolved from group storytelling sessions, gatherings that helped a group or tribe bond.

But the benefits go beyond stronger relationships, with research showing our tolerance of pain also increases because tear-jerking dramas release feel-good endorphins in the brain.

Scientists put that to the test by comparing the stamina of people who viewed a sad film, with those who watched a documentary, asking moviegoers to lean against a wall with bent knees.

Those who watched the sad film could hold the position for 13 percent longer than before seeing the movie, while those who watched the documentary lasted 5 percent less.

So get out those tissues and gather your friends, because crying together only makes us stronger.