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IN Lifestyle ON 15 Sep, 2015
We need never be ashamed of our tears. – Charles Dickens
To all those who say crying is bad, you’re all wrong. Crying a lot is actually pretty good for our mental as well as physical state. According to neuroscientist and tear researcher Dr. William H. Frey II, PhD, “crying is not only a human response to sorrow and frustration, it’s a healthy one. Crying is a natural way to reduce emotional stress that, left unchecked, has negative physical affects on the body, including increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and other stress-related disorders.”
Results of various researches show that 85 percent of women and 73 percent of men feel less sad and angry after crying than they were before. So if you cry a lot, trust me, you are a way more emotionally stable person than the ones around you!
Sometimes we keep piling on sadness, fear and anxiety on our hearts without sharing it with anyone else. This leads to depression, and makes the aura around us negative. But the moment we have an emotional outburst, all the gloomy emotions flow out, instantly reducing the load of sentiments kept on the heart. You feel lighter and way less anxious. It checks the nervous system of the body regularly, and doesn't let any stale emotion dwell in the brain. This prevents a person from going into depression.
When sad, we let the negative feelings take over our heart and mind. This isn't bad, because this means we are brave enough to face the problems in life rather than running away from them. We allow the negativity to stay in our mind and feel it for some time, but we don't let it dwell in there for long and release it with our tears. Those who cry a lot aren't weak people. Rather, they are the ones who are pretty strong to face the troubles of life, feel them and then fight against them successfully.
Crying releases feel-good hormones like prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormone, Leu-enkephalin, along with the elements potassium and manganese. It prevents the mind from going into depression and checks the stress and anxiety level of the body. It lubricates our eyes, helping us see better and clearer, prevents dehydration and keeps us healthy.
Generally people keep their emotions to themselves, fearing what others would think of them if they weep in front of them. But opening up to someone emotionally helps build sentimental and social relations with them, making the society a better place to live in.
We live in a world where the expression of emotions is discouraged to a weird extent. Crying in front of the world proves that we have denied all the social norms, and don't give a damn to what people think about us. Crying is actually a characteristic of a balanced, emotionally healthy person.