5. Crying Can Boost Communication
Sometimes when we are overcome with emotion it can be very difficult to put our feelings into words, crying can be a way to express this, be that consciously or subconsciously. Infants use crying as their only communication tool, so it is not too surprising that this continues to some extent into adulthood.
It makes sense that crying can strengthen friendships, as it allows individuals to understand one another when language no longer suffices. Seeing someone cry is a trigger to most people, causing an evolutionary response of compassion and empathy.
6. Crying Lowers Blood Pressure
Studies have also found that crying can lower the blood pressure and pulse rate, especially in sufferers of grief. Measurements of each were taken before and immediately after therapy sessions where participants cried and raged.
So it seems that we do cry for good reason, without even knowing it. It’s not clear exactly why women tend to do so more often than men, perhaps it has something to do with society – studies showed that women cry more than men in 37 countries across the world!
It could also be connected to hormones, especially prolactin, which is found present in tears and is more abundant in women. Testosterone is also thought to inhibit crying to some degree.
Whatever the reason, tears are a super juice specially designed to keep our eyes healthy and our body in chemical balance. Crying can support mental health through elevating mood too – so don’t feel ashamed to cry whenever you need to!
“Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.” ~ Brian Jacques,
Are you a big crier? Or can you not even remember the last time your eyes got leaky? Either way, we would love to hear from you.