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Ac­cord­ing to Neeta V Shetty, psy­chother­a­pist and re­la­tion­ship ex­pert, the fol­low­ing rea­sons give an up­per hand to car­toons for re­duc­ing stress as com­pared to other ways of un­wind­ing such as watch­ing movies or play­ing video games:

It in­creases the feel good hor­mones and the en­dor­phins in our brain be­cause they are funny and make us laugh, it also re­duces the cor­ti­sol (stress hor­mone) lev­els in our body

Since car­toons are as­so­ci­ated with our child­hood, it may bring back all the happy mem­o­ries as­so­ci­ated with it thus re­duc­ing the present pain or sad­ness

We can watch car­toons with­out putting in much ef­fort in un­der­stand­ing them so it’s a light, fun and an ef­fort­less ac­tiv­ity

Mu­sic or movies can con­tain themes like sad­ness or hap­pi­ness, which can be trans­ferred to us but car­toons do not usu­ally con­tain a sad theme which we can as­so­ci­ate with. Stud­ies have also shown that watch­ing car­toons help us cut the risk of heart at­tack as it is a stress bust­ing tech­nique

It also can im­prove fam­ily bond­ing as every­one can en­joy the car­toon shows to­gether with­out hav­ing in­di­vid­ual pref­er­ences

Play­ing games can bring out the com­pet­i­tive­ness in us thus in­creas­ing the stress lev­els, but watch­ing car­toons helps us get a happy break.

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