Most of us have a good cry from time to time, though some of us are like a rock and never or hardly ever cry. But really, we should cry at times. Why? Because, believe it or not, crying is actually healthy for us in numerous ways. Check out this list of 10 things crying does for us.
- Stress relief: Yes, crying actually helps us to relieve stress. According to psychological counselor Li Jin with the Yang Guang Hua Ren Psychological Service, crying can help people deal with many different kinds of stress, “pressure, frustration, sorrow or anger — any negative emotions.”
- Relationships: Believe it or not, crying might actually improve your relationship with someone, as long as you cry in front of them. Dr. Oren Hassan of the Tel Aviv University has performed a study about crying in which he concluded that crying allows you to be vulnerable in front of others, and allows them to take care of you, which benefits both the crier and the watcher by bonding them emotionally.
- Toxin removal: Did you know that all tears are not the same? Several studies have shown that tears brought about by stress are different biologically from tears brought about by working with onions. Also, tears that are brought about by stressful situations contain some toxins that are within the body, which means those tears are helping the body to get rid of those toxins. No, no one wants to cry over a bad situation, but at least the tears are helping the body by shedding toxins.
- Lubrication: This one should be rather obvious. Tears help to lubricate the eyes, keeping the eyes functioning better by not allowing them to dry out.
- Irritant remover: All those tears not only lubricate the eyes, but they also help to remove any kinds of irritants in the eyes, such as grit or dirt or sand or smoke or whatever. If you need to clean your eyes, try a good cry.
- Feeling good: Crying actually releases endorphins into the body. Endorphins are hormones that can help to ease your mood, even put you into a better mood.
- Blood pressure: No, crying in and of itself doesn’t necessarily lower your blood pressure, but holding back those tears can build up stress, which actually heightens blood pressure. So don’t act like a tough guy who never allows himself to cry, because you’re only hurting yourself.
- Bad hormones: Not only does crying help in a round-about way with blood pressure, but it also helps with other cardiovascular problems, and also with potential problems with the gastrointestinal systems, bones, muscles and more. How is this? Tears shed bad hormones from the body, hormones that could potentially affect all these different parts of the body in negative ways.
- Nose cleaner: You read that correctly. Tears actually help to keep the insides of the nose clean of bacteria and irritants. How is this possible? Quite simply. The tear ducts actually run down and connect to the inside of your nose, and whenever you shed some tears, some of those tears are sent down into your nose. Not only are you crying on the outside, but you’re also literally crying on the inside. At least according to Dr. Judith Orloff.
- Infections: Tears contain a chemical known as lysozyme, a natural anti-bacterial that works to keep infections from happening in one’s eyes.