Ladies, we get it. Sometimes you just need a good cry.
Sometimes we may feel ashamed of crying, but there’s no need!
In fact, there’s actually a bunch of scientific reasons why weeping is actually good for you:
1. Crying Is A Natural Anti-Depressant
While some may think that crying is the sign of an emotionally unstable depressed person, it actually helps you be less depressed. A study performed at the University of Florida found that having a good cry was more effective than any antidepressant on the market. Out of the participants in the study, 88 percent reported that they felt better after weeping. So ladies, no need for Prozac, just have a good cry.
2. Crying Helps Remove Toxins
Dr. William Frey found that tears, specifically ones caused by emotional distress (think allergy tears), removed toxins from the body. He found that emotional tears contained more toxic byproducts created from a buildup of stress than irritation tears. So, forget getting that detox juice, just watch Marley and Me, and you’ll be all set.
3. Crying Reduces Stress
Jerry Bergman, author of “The Miracle of Tears,” found that crying removes chemicals that are caused from stress like leucine-enkaphalin and prolactin. He also found that suppressing a good cry, can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems. Crying actually helps lower blood pressure and help us live longer, Dr. Frey found.
4. Crying Can Bring People Together
In a Science Digest article, Ashley Montagu said that not only is crying good for your health, it actually helps build community. When you cry among other people, they tend to open up more and show empathy. It’s also good for communication. There are actual “crying clubs” in Japan, where people go just to cry together.
5. Crying Reduces Levels Of Manganese
You may have never heard of manganese, but this pesky mineral can really impact your mood. A buildup of manganese can lead to irritability, nervousness, aggression, and an overall b****y mood. The mineral is found in 30 times greater concentration in tears than it is in blood, so when you cry, you release greater amounts of it.
6. Tears Kill Bacteria And Lubricate Our Eyes
Without tears, our eyes would dry out and fall out of our skulls, plain and simple. Tears are the only thing that keeps our eyes lubricated. Tears have natural anti-bacterial properties, too. They contain lysozyme, a substance that can kill 90 to 95 percent of bacteria that enters the eye within five minutes.
7. Crying Makes Us Human
This is probably the most important one. Crying means that you are a human. Human beings are the only animals that cry due to emotion. It shows that we have empathy and deep rooted feelings. Not only does it make us human, it is a very cathartic process. It releases feelings that have been building up and takes a weight off of our hearts.
So, ladies if you ever feel a cry coming on in the future … don’t hold it back. Do yourself a favor and cry your eyes out, your mind and body will be thanking you for it later.
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