Why Does Crying Feel So Good?

Last updated by Katie M.

Shame, sadness, joy, fear or anger are all emotions that can provoke a crying fit. Although, what if someone told you that crying is good for your spirit and for your health too? Well, that’s the case, so don't be ashamed of your tears anymore because crying is actually good for you, so it's time to get out the tissues and let go of all your emotions.

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Humans are the only animal capable of crying. From disputes, bad news, pain, sad music, romantic comedy or daily drama; our emotions have many opportunities to translate into sobs. Do you cry often? If you do, congratulations because crying has so many virtues.

Does crying really do us good?

A Dutch study shows that crying brings about a feeling of well-being. Indeed, scientists explain that crying has an impact on mental well-being by changing the chemical composition of the brain.

Why are some people unable to cry when others can?

This question was the basis of the scientists' thinking. After watching a sad movie, those who cried lots returned to a normal state of mind 20 minutes later. Those who did not cry felt no change and those who cried just a little bit felt even worse than before.

Crying acts like a bandage for the soul

When we are sad and we cry and the body releases substances that act as natural tranquilizers. Thus, our pain gradually subsides. Crying releases opiates and oxytocin, which have the ability to soothe pain and act as a natural anesthetic.

Crying

Releasing our tears is therefore essential to relaxing when we are anxious, angry, worried or sad. Having tears in our eyes is a normal function, which helps us regulate our emotions but also brings benefits to our health.

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Is crying good for your health? - Yes, and here's why

  • Tears are good for your eyesight because they prevent dehydration by lubricating the eyes. In fact, without the ability to cry, our eyesight would be much more fragile.
  • Tears eliminate certain bacteria and thanks to the lysozyme; a fluid contained in the tears; we are protected from certain germs that can cause colds.
  • Crying is a real therapy that allows us to reduce the toxins present in our body due to stress.

Editor's note: Get your tissues ready!

Crying a weakness? Of course, it isn’t! If in our culture, letting tears flow is a sign of fragility, it is in fact a human reaction and a sign that our body and brain are functioning properly. But, daring to cry is also mentally strengthening and proves that you are capable of:

  • Showing your emotions: knowing how to show your emotions is a strength. It proves you own them and are able to face them.
  • Not worrying about what others think: Knowing how to cry also means overcoming the way others look at you.
  • Helping others feel more comfortable: Allowing yourself to cry also means showing others that with you they can feel comfortable and confident. You prove that crying is a normal and natural act.
So, to hell with dry eyes! Holding back tears can be harmful to our health, prevent our negative emotions from being released and create an accumulation of frustrations. If crying doesn't solve the problems, it's still a step towards more emotional stability. 

So, let go and release the water works.

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