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When you watch a TV show or movie – do you root for the underdog? If you answered “yes” – That’s a good thing! According to the journal Media Psychology, people who root for the underdog increase their own drive to succeed. Seeing a character struggle, and willing them to win or get ahead, makes us feel hopeful about our own lives. It gives us more motivation to pursue our goals, and that effect lasts for 3 days after we watch a program featuring an underdog.

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