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Who Is Attracted to Inspiring Media?

By Sophie H. Janicke Cat videos are hilarious, no doubt about that. But videos of altruism--like a bear saving a crow from drowning or a man in the subway giving his T-shirt to a homeless person--also make us somehow feel good inside. There's little question that inspiring media make the world a better place: Research has shown that we feel inspired to do good in the world when we experience a specific set of self-transcendent emotions, which include elevation, awe, and gratitude.
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