Why Crying Is Important For Your Health And Wellbeing


‘What soap is for the body; tears are for the soul.’

~ Jewish Proverb

‘To weep is to make less the depth of grief.’

~ William Shakespeare

By definition, crying is the shedding of tears especially as an expression of distress or pain.

Crying helps release tension and stress. Dr. William Frey, a Biochemist and tear expert at the St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center — Minneapolis, in his experiment he found out that emotional tears contained high levels of cortsol and adrenocorticotrophic (ACTH). These are stress hormones that are shed in tears. This confirms that crying helps shed off stress hormones and other toxins which accumulate during stressful conditions.

“Emotional crying is cleansing,” sang Dionne Warwick, one of the most successful singers in the US.

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Crying has also been found to help prevent stress related health problems. These problems include: heart diseases, high blood pressure (hypertension), type 2 diabetes and obesity. It does stimulate the production of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller e.g. leucine, enkephalin and ‘feel-good’ hormones. These hormones help ease chronic pain. When you are upset and stressed, you develop an imbalance and a build-up of chemicals in the body; and crying helps reduce that.

“Crying slows your breathing and can have a calming effect.” John Ryder Ph.D, Positive Directions.

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Crying helps one express their emotions. The Freudian Theory on dealing with sorrow states that: It’s beneficial to get feelings out; if you let them fester they can affect you physically and psychologically. Therefore, when you are faced with a difficult moment, like the loss of a love one, feel free to let that burden trickle down through the tears.

However, Dr. Abigael San (a chattered clinical psychologist) states that, “If you are depressed and crying all the time, it’s not good and you might need help.” Therefore, crying is beneficial within some limits, beyond which it becomes a disease. Just like the old-age adage goes that, too much of something (however good) is dangerous.

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In summary, crying helps:

i. Physical detoxification

ii. Clear sadness

iii. Resolve grief

iv. Heal the heart

‘Tears are just one of the many miracles which work so well that we take them for granted everyday.’

~ Jerry Bergman, the Miracles of Tears



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