Why Crying Makes You Feel Better
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Rumor has it that a good cry is a great way to relieve stressCrying That Heals: Concept Evaluation. Griffith, M.B., Hall, J.M., Fields, B. Bethel University. Journal of Holistic Nursing 2011.. , scientists believed crying alleviated a buildup of tension and negative emotions. Some researchers even proposed tears as a personal waste-disposal mechanism that helped rid the body of stress-induced chemicals.
But back off those canoe paddles— a isn’t always a cathartic cure-all. thepsychological effects of crying depend on the personality of the crier and the specific situationEmotional tears. Messmer, E.M. Augenklinik der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Mathildenstrasse 8, München. Opthalmologe 2009; 106(7): 593-602.. Criers won’t get much of a mood boost, but those who have social support might— so no pointing and laughing at the guy hogging the Kleenex.
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… get sympathy from friends? There’s some evidence that, while crying itself can be a , itcanprompt others to offer their help and support. One study shows adults are more likely to help people if they’re cryingSocial reactions to adult crying: the help-soliciting function of tears. Hendriks, M.C., Croon, M.A., Vingerhoets, A.J. Journal of Social Psychology 2008; 148(1): 22-41.. shows people recognize a sad face more easily when they can see some tears.
Crying might not make troubles disappear, butin some cases, tears can actually boost moods.Studies suggest when people experience a positive event or personal improvement, they feel better after crying. Still, it’s unclear why people cry when they’re happy, though believe tears of joy are also a way to drain excess energy.
In any case, it’s rarely a good idea to hold back tears ( sure doesn’t)— especially for fear of humiliation. People generally tend to feel better when they cry . So, if there’s a load those eyes can’t bear, and let it out.
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