With exam season approaching, Christmas/Holiday miracles waiting to happen, and the Oscars approaching…I have shed a few tears lately and have taken a deeper look at the process of crying. Various people say various things about crying – “Grown men shouldn’t cry”, it proves you have a soul/emotions, crying is not good for you, it makes you feel better, only overly emotional people cry, blah, blah, etc, etc.
Well – here are some cold hard facts about crying and why, maybe, you SHOULD cry. (when necessary haha)
Why do we feel better after crying?
According to biochemist and director of the Dry Eye and Tear Research Centre in Minneapolis, Dr. William Frey, people feel better after crying because it “is that they may be removing, in their tears, chemicals that build up during emotional stress.” The doctor’s research indicates that tears – just as perspiration, urine, and the air we exhale -rid the body of various toxins and other things negative to our health.
Around 1957, it was also discovered that emotional tears chemically differentiate from tears that occur due to an eye irritation. Emotional tears have more protein and beta-endorphin – one of the body’s natural pain relievers.