People cry for many reasons, including sadness, happiness, anger, and depression, just to name a few. Researchers have found that emotions like crying have adaptive value; they can help us cope and respond to the situation at hand. According to Jonathan Rottenberg, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of South Florida, "about two-thirds of people generally report feeling better after crying."
Men have a tendency to suppress crying because they feel it makes them look vulnerable and less manly. However, here are 10 reasons why crying is good for everyone, including men:
- Relieves stress - crying comes after the emotional situation has occurred and relieves the stress. It allows the body to return to a state of rest.
- Forms bonds - crying can bring us closer to others, often resulting in an empathetic response and an emotional connection. Others can see that you are comfortable crying in front of them, and this can draw them closer to you.
- Neutralizes anger - there is something about seeing a person cry that can take anger away and even elicit empathy.
- Allows us to grieve - crying is a way of dealing with grieving and should not be held back. Grieving is natural, and so is crying.
- Gets rid of toxins - research by biochemist William Frey in the late 1970s and early 1980s showed that crying helps rid the body of unwanted toxins.
- Destroys harmful molecules - tears from crying contain lysozyme which can kill harmful molecules, according to a 2011 study in the journal Food Microbiology.
- Keeps the eyes moist - moisture is very important to the eyes, and crying can protect the eyes with moisture.
- Physical effects - crying can increase heart rates and sweating, resulting in a form of a workout for the body.
- Affects hormones - crying releases hormones such as endorphins that make us feel good afterward.
- Relaxes the body - crying is a healthy way of bringing relaxation to the body and a release from intense emotions.
So, go ahead and have a good cry once in a while. It's actually good for you!
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