Romantic Date? Watch A Horror Movie Together!

Published on 15 February 2022 at 19:25

I know, I know, it's February 15. Valentine's Day has come and gone. According to my Instagram feed, yesterday was the start of many new romances and engagements. Which means that lots of romantic dates are on the horizon for most of us! Now that everything is opening up again and spring is in the air, the sensible thing to do is to go for a walk, eat out or do a fun activity together. However, we all know the feeling of simply wanting to stay in and doing something fun together at home. While it's all fun and games, romantic movies are not necessarily the best option for a date night at home.

What is, you ask? Horror movies.

Yes, really. This is how horror movies can ignite the love between you and your partner.

Everlasting love

You might think that it's just my silly brain that sees horror movies as something that could be romantic. Well, you couldn't be further from the truth with that one. It's not just me, you know, science is here to back me up. The truth is that watching horror movies together with someone you like will increase the levels of oxytocin in your blood (which is also called "the cuddle hormone", a.k.a. one of the most important hormones to make you feel good). Conclusion? Watching a horror movie together will make you feel even better about each other and facilitate a feeling of closeness and affection. Oh, and high levels of oxytocin in early stages of a relationship appear to be beneficial in the long run, being a foundation for a healthy and long-lasting romantic relationship. Ha!

Love potion in disguise

It doesn't stop there. Watching a horror movie can also enhance romantic feelings you have for someone. It's like a magic potion, kinda. Of course there should be at least some level of attraction or positive feelings toward the person you are watching the horror movie with, but if there is, apparently your mind might just mistake your body's sweaty palms and racing heart for love, while in reality that is caused by fear. Since essentially, after (or during) a horror movie there is no actual threat to your life, your mind connects the adrenalin-dots by linking that reaction to that one attractive person that you interact with as sexual attraction, or love... How romantic.

Hormone celebration

Last but not least: endorphins. We all know that we aren't in real danger after watching a horror movie, and that is a memo that our brains will also get, eventually. When they do, they celebrate by releasing yet another "happy hormone": endorphins. Here's where my friend Science backs me up again, because it is a known fact that endorphins boost our mood, enhance pleasure and boost our self-esteem. Put one and one together (endorphins + that person you really like) and you have solved the equation of why you should be thankful of Netflix' choice of horror movies.

In reality...

I can tell you from experience that horror movies are always a good idea when we do date night in our house. I always felt there was something romantic about feeling scared or grossed out together, and now I know why. Holding each other's sweaty palms under the covers, looking away from a specifically explicit scene, only to find each other's loving gaze. The occasional "Wow! Feel how hard my heart is pounding right now," followed by an intimate, soft touch... No, I'm not strange, science says so!

Will you pick a horror movie for date night next time? If so, which one is high on your list? Let me know in the comments and let's inspire each other!

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