Go Ahead and Cry…You May Feel Better!

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Independent.co.uk stated that crying is part of our human emotional package – love it, or hate it. Of course, women are definitely better at it than men, with the number of cries per year estimated at 50 for the average female and 10 for the average male. But what triggers our waterworks as a human reaction to   both sadness and happiness is both physiological and emotional.

What’s behind our crying? Why do some people cry so much more or less readily than others? And what’s the best way to handle all those tears? Is there a way not to cry when it’s totally inappropriate, such as in response to your boss declining that request for a raise?  Researchers and therapists who study crying share what they’ve learned — and what still puzzles them, according to webmd.com

Sciencebob.com reported that when a tear is produced from the lacrimal gland that sits in-between your eyeball and eyelid, you spontaneously blink, spreading the tear as a film across your eye. Your tear then has two fates; firstly it can drain-off down the lacrimal punctum subsequently draining through your nose (hence why your nose runs when you cry).

When you cut an onion, it releases a gas called “Propanethiol S-oxide.” When mixed with certain enzymes in the onion, it creates a sulfur gas. These gases then get to your eyes and create a mild acid which irritates the eyes, added sciencebob.com.

When it comes to those still fresh in the world, babies use crying more than just a means of emotional expression but as a form of communication to  grown-ups. After all they are fairly limited in how they can express themselves! There are three types of baby cries – the basic, the angry and the pain cry, reported Independent.co.uk

But what is the point of tears for adults? Is it as simple as an expression in response to a stimulus, as some suggest, or a more complex primal call out – a form of non-verbal communication to elicit help and support from those around you in your time of need? Some psychologists  believe you feel better after a cry because of this social input, solidifying of relationships with those sharing in the experience, and collaborative helplessness, reported independent.co.uk

Healthcommunities.com claims that tears are scientifically proven to make you feel better. So go on and wear your tears with pride. If you are concerned though, that you are too tearful, cry to easily for no obvious reason or you have worries about your overall mood, you may wish to seek professional medical help. Otherwise keep your tissues handy!