Health & Fit The Scientific Reason People Cry (and Why It’s Actually Really Good for You)

20:27  12 february  2018
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But that doesn’t really tell us much, so… Why , exactly, do we cry ? There are three different, yet not altogether exclusive, reasons . But if you do find yourself shedding some tears, know that it ’ s natural, and you ’re probably better off crying than fighting off the waterworks.

For some, crying isn't a rare occurrence. The tears can flow for seemingly no reason at all, and although people may accuse you of being too sensitive, experts say there may be an actual scientific reason why you 're more tearful than your dry-eyed friends.

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Our current book club book. Every second of every episode of This Is Us. A video of a baby putting on lipstick. These are all things that have recently made us cry.

OK, we’re saps. But is that really so bad? We’re glad you asked. There are tons of studies on the benefits of crying, and the short answer is that it’s a good thing…with a few caveats. Here’s the deal. 

"Crying activates the body in a healthy way," Stephen Sideroff, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at UCLA and director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics, told WebMD. "Letting down one's guard and one's defenses and [crying] is a very positive, healthy thing."

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Why do some people cry more than others and does that make them weak? Did you know human beings are the only species on the planet who cry for reasons other than reflex? The next time you try to hold back your tears, remember that crying is actually good for you !

It ’ s obvious that strong emotions trigger them, but why ? Scientific doubt that crying has any real benefit beyond the physiological—tears lubricate the eyes—has persisted for centuries. More research is needed to determine whether people who don’t cry really are different from the rest of us

You’ve heard the idea of “crying it out,” and that’s accurate—to an extent. "In surveys, about two-thirds of people generally report feeling better after crying," said Jonathan Rottenberg, Ph.D., a clinical psychology professor at the University of South Florida, in a paper on the subject. But Rottenberg also says to be wary about how big an effect crying can have on your mood, since people often unintentionally overreport the benefits. Crying does help your mood, he concedes, but don’t expect it to be a cure-all solution.

Before you go sobbing willy-nilly, consider these tips from Psychology Today on how to optimize your cries: First, don’t wait to cry until something happens that society deems worthy of tears (like the opening ceremony at the Olympics). Just let yourself cry over anything that triggers you. Also, don’t set a time limit on your bawl session. When you’ve cried enough, your body will naturally stop.

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According to Helen Fisher, there is a real reason why people cheat on people they do love. Obviously, this doesn't make cheating "right" and it certainly won't make you , the cheated-upon feel any better , but at least you now have scientific proof that cheaters can be truly genuine about the love

There you have it. Now go forth and re-watch Steel Magnolias for the seventh time. It’s for your health.

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