Turns Out Watching Netflix is Actually Good for You

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We’ve been told for forever that watching too much TV is bad for us. From the old "you’ll go blind if you sit too close" line to the warnings about childhood obesity, we’ve grown up feeling inescapably guilty about our TV binges.

But now to our Gilmore Girls marathon delight, new studies show that watching TV may actually have a positive effect on our emotional wellbeing—and not just because we’re expanding our cultural references by way of Lorelai Gilmore.

According to a study published in the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts investigating the affects of award-winning dramas on the mind (true story), tuning in to top-rated TV is shown to increase emotional intelligence, understanding and empathy. We’ll take that as a green light!

Like most things in life though, it’s about quality, not quantity. What that means is you’ll get more out of a fast-paced intellectual drama like House of Cards than you will say, Friday Night Lights.

So… Netflix and chill tonight?

If you’re planning to binge watch tonight, why not snuggle up with this adorable Country Road Xanthe Throw? ($179).

Does watching Netflix put you in a better mood? Tell us in the comments below!

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