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5 benefits of Halloween scares, from boosting your mood, to bonding with your date

Posted at 1:31 PM, Oct 28, 2020

Many of us love Halloween for the fun, and also the fear, that it brings into our lives!

That makes us wonder, why do we love being scared so much?

Therapist Jessie Shepherd (MA, LCMHC) of Blue Clover Therapy says unlike the "scared fear" you get from something dangerous, a lot of Halloween activities have the feeling of a "safety net;" you just know you're not in real danger.

This is called "fun fear," and Jessie says it actually has some great benefits. Here's what she shared with us:

1. The Rush
• Your body releases a rush of adrenaline, endorphins and dopamine.

2. Creates a curious open mind
• The experience is different then our current reality engaging our curiosity.

3. Social bond
• When you go 'through' the experience together you end up sharing a biological flood together, creating a strong bond. This also creates a badge of honor within your social group and a sense of self achievement.

4. Novelty
• New experiences make life exciting and our memory/ attention systems are more engaged. It can create a sense of 'being alive.'

5. Post sense of well-being:
• Paired with the safety net, the experience of fear subsides but we are left with a gratifying sense of relief and subsequent well-being.

Jessie says you can get the most out of your fun fear when you:
• Try something new or different.
• Note your safety nets.
• Know your edge (don't go past it).
• Share the experience.

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