The Benefits of Genre: Feel-Good Films as a Path to Health and Well-Being

Mette Hjort*

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    This chapter builds a case for seeing moving images as a vehicle for the realization of health and well-being, a public value according to Daniel M. Hausman. It offers an account of why feel-good films have a poor reputation and to consider the defining features of two sub-categories belonging to the genre—the standard feel-good film and the ethical feel-good film. The sense of well-being or happiness derived from a standard feel-good film is typically experienced on an immediate, first-order basis, without a second-order affirmation of the experience in question. The chapter explores the connections between positive emotions and health. Positive emotions are a feature of both sub-categories of the feel-good film, albeit in different ways that do ultimately make a difference. The chapter draws on positive psychology to make conceptual sense of the claim that the ethical feel-good film deserves special attention in the context of the cinema's contributions to the public value of health.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationA Companion to Motion Pictures and Public Value
    EditorsMette Hjort, Ted Nannicelli
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)9781119677154, 9781119677123
    ISBN (Print)9781119677116, 9781119677130
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2022


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