Reading sad love stories or watching emotional TV series can easily make some people cry while others find it hard to shed some tears.
It is a normal thing seeing most people cry at funerals. It is in that situation that arouses their emotions that make them cry. Losing a loved one can have an immediate emotional response that may eventually lead to crying more than the normal.
Sadness, anger, and even happiness can induce crying. It is believed to be an outlet or a result of a burst of intense emotional sensations during happy events and painful occurrences.
In a study, most people feel better after the crying episode. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) which help people relax. It regulates their emotions, helps them to be calm and reduce their own stress level.
Crying is primarily an attachment behavior, as it rallies support from the people around us. This is known as an interpersonal or social benefit.
Additionally, it makes people feel good and may also ease both physical and emotional pain. In this way, crying can help reduce pain and promote a sense of well-being.
It helps lift people’s spirits and make them feel better. As well as relieving pain, oxytocin and endorphins can help improve mood. This is why they are often known as “feel good” chemicals.
Researchers believe that crying could reduce the levels of these chemicals in the body, which could, in turn, reduce stress. More research is needed into this area to confirm this.
However, it follows that the calming, mood-enhancing, and pain-relieving effects of crying may help a person fall asleep more easily.
Crying helps to kill bacteria and keep the eyes clean as tears contain a fluid called lysozyme. The fluid had such powerful antimicrobial properties that it could even help to reduce risks presented by bioterror agents.
Basal tears, which are released every time a person blinks, help to keep the eyes moist and prevent mucous membranes from drying out.
As the National Eye Institute explains, the lubricating effect of basal tears helps people to see more clearly. When the membranes dry out, vision can become blurry.
“Another interesting discovery about the content of tears was made by Dr. William H. Frey II, a biochemist at the St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center in Minnesota. He and his team analyzed two types of tears: the emotional ones (crying when emotionally upset and stressed) and the ones arising from irritants (such as crying from onions). They found that emotional tears contained more of the protein-based hormones, prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and leucine enkephalin (natural painkiller), all of which are produced by our body when under stress. It seems as if the body is getting rid of these chemicals through tears. That explains why we usually feel better after a good cry.”
So, there you go. Cry as much as you want – it is probably good for you. But no cheating by inducing crying with onions. Your tear glands know the difference.” _________________________________________________________________________________