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Here’s why crying is good for you

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Oct 19, 2017, 10:20 am IST
Updated Oct 19, 2017, 10:21 am IST
Crying lowers stress levels, a decrease of toxins in body and greater emotional awareness.
Crying activates the the parasympathetic nervous system in the body to signal to the glands in the eyes to release tears. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Crying activates the the parasympathetic nervous system in the body to signal to the glands in the eyes to release tears. (Photo: Pixabay)

While people who cry are looked down upon as being weak or too emotional, experts insist that there actually some unexpected health benefits for people who cry often. These include lower stress levels, a decrease of toxins in body and greater emotional awareness.

Firstly, crying activates the the parasympathetic nervous system in the body to signal to the glands in the eyes to release tears. Once the emotional purgation is over the body is able to slow down its breathing and heart rate to a more controlled pace. This entire experience sends a positive release throughout the body and gives off the feeling of relief for the person. According to a study conducted by the University of South Florida, almost everyone in the study felt better after a crying session.

 

The researchers also found that personality also played a role into who was more likely to enjoy their crying session.

Secondly, human tears contain stress hormone ACTH. who have higher levels of ACTH in their body are at risk of developing Addison's disease. This disease can cause extreme fatigue, low blood sugar levels and depression. Crying flushes ACTH from the body, which can then make the person feel calmer.

Furthermore, tears also contain the hormone prolactin which is found in both genders during moments of sexual gratification and interpersonal connections.

 

When someone cries, this hormone is released in the body to help give off the soothing and calming feeling that people feel afterwards. 

Thirdly, animals cry in order to clear their tear ducts from any debris. However, humans have a different reason to shed tears. Research says that they are the only living organism on the planet who cries because of how they are feeling.

By allowing the body to tap into emotions of sadness, it can also become more aware of other feelings such as happiness, relief and gratitude.

Fourthly, Allowing oneself to cry can release tension that has built up in the body.

 

Experimental psychologist Alex Goetz, who founded leading health risk management company General Health Inc, said: 'Emotional tears, shed in moments of intense feeling, carry stress hormones and are a way of getting rid of them.

Experts have found that the majority of people who cry immediately feel more relaxed after they are done. 

Finally, being open with emotions towards others can help improve relationships and allow for them to also show how they are feeling.

Certain businesses in Japan and the UK have capitalized on having areas where people can openly express their sadness.

 

'Crying clubs' are spaces where people can go and connect with their emotions without feeling shame.  

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