A CLASS APART
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.