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3 Benefits of Crying ( Tears )

Updated on July 18, 2013

DAY 24, HUB # 24

Baby Crying, Adults crying.. helps you feel better
Baby Crying, Adults crying.. helps you feel better | Source

What do you when you feel your tears are nearly coming out?

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When was the last time you had a good cry? Was it 2 years ago when your favorite pet died or you received a retrenchment from your job?

Researchers claimed that you should have a good cry that benefits your body and soul as both crying and laughing stems are link to the same part of the brain.

The sound of roaring laughter and howling cries bring curiosity to people around you, eager to find out the reasons and these emotions could be infectious too.

Scientists had discovered that crying has a vast of health benefits just as laughing does too.

Benefits of crying:

1. Release Stress-

A good cry helps a person to vent and release stress from relationship failure, workplace problems and family crisis that is essential to individual emotional health. Tears will gradually lower stress emotion, decrease stress hormone and improve your emotional feelings.

A neuropsychologist in Florida who had studied crying, made a survey and found that almost 90% of women and 80% of men claimed that they felt better after crying. Most people believed that crying is the best stress reliever rather than depending on drugs, medication or seeking help from psychiatrist .

Let my tears do the talking
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2. Improve communication-

One of the healing powers of tears is to arouse the attention of people around you.

When you cry for some reasons, people around you automatically become friendly, try to offer their help and comfort.

Besides that, your opponent become less offensive, offer to negotiate and surprisingly, he may reluctantly agrees to bury the hatchet of the disagreement or arguments issues that both of you had been quarreling.

Therefore, people around you are ready to patch up, tears help to strengthen relationship, improve communication between different people and think positive solutions to avoid future disagreement or disappointment.

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Is my heartbeat normal?

3. Protects Heart-

Holding back tears of anger, disappointment or sadness could lead to certain hidden illness in our bodies.

Studies had shown that when a person suffering from depression who keeps sustaining his emotional feelings to himself, he is likely to contract heart problems, high blood pressure and cancer.

When you constantly restrain yourself from releasing emotional tears, this impulse will damage your body well being in long term run. Your body and mind could not keep up with the continuous pressure and suffering. Thereto, sustaining depression may lead you to lack of sleep, loss of appetite and releasing harmful toxin into the body.

Hence, it is a good idea to give a good cry, let it all out whether secretly in your bedroom, toilet, confide with someone close to you or by the beach.

Some people prefer to release their tears facing to the sea, screaming at the top of their voices, pumping up the energy from their navel area. It proves that by doing so, you could reduce the pain in your heart, release the distress while the sound of waves drown your screaming.

Tears help to improve blood function vessels, increase blood flow to your heart, protects your heart from heart attack and other heart problems.

Moreover, tears decrease your heart beat, returning your physical well being into a calmer feeling and change your mentality state into positive mood.

How to Create Tears

Here are some suggested methods to create tears if you could hardly shed any..

  • Watch Sad Movie- Choose a couple of sad, moving real life story or well known sad movies to watch at home. Movies with popular actor and actress makes a movie extra special with their wonderful acting skills. When you watch sad movies, prepare a tissue box and a cushion to hug because you need some comfort and blow your nose.
  • Recommended Movies to watch:

Haichi- a Dog's Tale~A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home. (93 mins.)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button~Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. (166 mins.)

  • Read Books, Blogs, Articles- Take your time to browse through the list of books in your nearest bookstore. Choose the story books which are based on true real life story, love story, tragic story which touches your heart. You could go to the National Library to borrow these books if you don't want to spend too much money. Search online for blogs and articles of personal stories which are worth to read to induce your tears rolling down your cheeks.
  • Share Problems with Someone- This is the best method I have chosen so far. When I am sad, full of pressure and having sleepless nights, I chose to talk to my dad. He is the best listener, a person who is willingly to give me a shoulder to cry on and keeps my secret safe. Having someone whom you can trust to indulge all your problems without having the fear "Letting the cat out of the bag" is not easy to find. You may choose to talk to someone who provide help online or through the phone which are free of charge.
  • Talk to your Pet- If you are staying alone, nobody to talk to, nobody who is willing to hear you at all, talk to your pet to release your stress. When you talk to your pet dog or cat, you would notice that he is listening to you at the same heart beat. He gives you a comfortable feeling, letting you cry out loud while he may lick or caress you as a respond to your emotions. Sometimes, he may even show you his sad face while you cry and lift up his tail when you are in a happy mood. Dog and cat is a man best friend.
  • Talk to Your Teddy Bear- Now, this may sound ridiculous but it is true that talking to your teddy bear may induce you to cry without realizing your emotions are flowing freely. Although teddy bear is a non living thing, he may be your best friend and your soul mate too. Make sure that no one is going to enter your room, otherwise someone may think that you are going crazy talking to a bear instead of a living person !


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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was raised in a house where men don't cry. It took me a long time to learn the lessons you have beautifully shared in this hub!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @billybuc

      Yup. The men in my house don't cry easily either. They think that crying is girlish which is not true. Rather than bottle u your depression, might as well let it out before u go crazy!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @billybuc

      Yup. The men in my house don't cry easily either. They think that crying is girlish which is not true. Rather than bottle u your depression, might as well let it out before u go crazy!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this useful information. I have been known, in the course of my performances, to draw a tear or two.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great points here on the benefits of crying. Rated up / U/ and I Bill makes a very good point, doesn't he? It is sad that our society does not openly embrace this emotion, especially in men.

      I cry freely, but usually in the privacy of my car, while traveling the back country roads. Mostly, I'm still grieving the company of my husband. But, I'll cry whenever, wherever appropriate.

      I think the only time that I try to hold tears back is when I am in the company of someone who I deem unsupportive. Thanks for sharing.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @mhatter99

      Thanks for reading my hub. It is rare for men to cry openly which I believe is the men ego. Glad to hear that you do shed a tear or two rather than nothing at all.

      @denise handlon

      Thanks for reading and greatly appreciate your votes. Helps me to write better hubs. I cry easily too especially in arguments with my hubby. Do drive carefully when you cry in the car. Blur vision is dangerous.

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      rahul 4 years ago from Bangalore

      hello peachpurple ,ur hus is really nice.Benefits of crying tears are simply amazing.It will be useful.Turned on useful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting hub peachpurple. I think men cry oftner now than in the past. Maybe they have realized it is healthy to do so.

      Bottling up emotions certainly is bad for health.

      Voted up and useful.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @rajan jolly

      Yes, I do agree that men are changing compare to the past. It is a relieve to cry after so much stress. Thanks for voting. Greatly appreciate.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks for dropping by and comments. It is definitely useful for all people.

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      It's a bad trait of mine, but I get embarrassed to see a man cry, unless it's at a funeral or any other sad occasion. With a woman, I would go to her and, if known to me, put my arms around her. Otherwise, I'd ask if I could help in any way.

      I have to learn to accept that a man may cry. On the other hand , I can't stand a guy who bursts into tears every time he's criticised.

      I am also very embarrassed to cry in public, like at the cinema, but will furtively wipe off my tears. I envy women who can use boxes of Kleenex at a sad movie.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @mizjo

      yeah me too. Some women are great cry babies over a sad movie. That is where the macho guys get to be the good guy, give her a shoulder to cry on.

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      Sarah 4 years ago from USA

      Some interesting points, particularly about having people pay attention. This one lady saw me tearing up one time on the train and offered me a tissue and smiled. It totally made the rest of my day.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Such a sweet old lady. Her kind gesture could really brighten u yr bad day.

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      visionandfocus 4 years ago from North York, Canada

      One of the saddest endings in books for me was The Time Traveller's Wife and the saddest ending to a movie was in Schindler's List. I really bawled my eyes out. Good point about pets--they really give their owners unconditional love, bless them. You make me wish I hadn't given away my stuffed toys from way back. I still remember each one of them. :)

      Thanks for sharing!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @vision

      Wow! It is good to know that you could release your tears easily. Most people bottled up their sadness just to save their face. Thanks for reading.

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      vinayak1000 4 years ago from Minneapolis

      Yup, I do tend to cry on and off as it helps relieve stress and get over stuff. The problem is I tend to do it privately. I guess Hubs like yours will make the prejudice against crying go away a bit.

      Voted up and useful!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @vina

      Thanks for taking your time to read my hub. Each people has different way of crying. Some cry privately or openly. Either way, both are the best way to relieve some stress. Thanks for your votes. Gladly appreciated.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      I have always wondered about the benefits of crying. Thanks for the Hub. By the way I love Beaches and Braveheart. Those movies make me cry even if I have seen them a hundred times. I think I'll write a hub about it, ha ha. Voted up!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks for your vote. Yes, do write a hub about the movies. Love to read yours too.

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      naturalife 4 years ago from Far Far Away

      Awesome hub. I cry easily and sometimes people label me very emotional. Those benefits of crying you stated, I have experienced them.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @naturalife

      Thanks for commenting. Yeah, i cry easily too. Feels better, right?

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Very nice hub. I agree, a good cry sometimes is just what you need. As long as it's soothing and not depressed tears.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @pink

      Yup, a good cry helps to ease the pain.

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      Corinna Nicole 3 years ago from Huntsville, AL

      I never really thought about how holding in tears can affect your health (your heart). This is a great read. My partner was recently and without warning laid off from her job. Although she cried briefly when it happened, she immediately started job hunting and getting her affairs in order. Two days later, after being overwhelmed, she got frustrated and couldn't concentrate on anything. I sat next to her and told her to just talk it out and let it out - that she hadn't taken the time to express her emotions. After crying it out for 5 minutes, she felt much better and more clear-headed. It definitely works!

      By the way, to the author - thank you for commenting on my blog about when parents doubt their kid's career choice. I haven't figured out yet, how to directly respond to someone's comment. But you should definitely let your husband read my blog! Hope your daughter follows her heart! :)

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @thanks for reading mine too. My hubby hates blog or HP this kind of stuff. He says that people who join these "STUFF" are stupid and nonsense. So, no point show him or talk to him. He is 100% conservative person with a China made mind. Anyway, thanks.

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      Corinna Nicole 3 years ago from Huntsville, AL

      @peachpurple

      I see. My dad's pretty stubborn too, so I get it.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      My dad doesn't cry either. Guys don't cry easily, heh?

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      Corinna Nicole 3 years ago from Huntsville, AL

      Most boys are told "stop crying and be a man" by their parents....so yeah....parents have to stop that if we want future men to be emotionally available

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      it's true. I didn't realize myself that i told my son not to cry over small matter too. Guess it's a habit. Men and boys need to cry sometimes.

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      Corinna Nicole 3 years ago from Huntsville, AL

      Very true :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Crying does make one feel good and your hub says it all

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks. I wish i could cry out loud in the public !

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 3 years ago from Philippine

      This is really nice, I just want to cry right now. Anyway, I do believe it makes people better at time of darkness.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @paolo

      Thanks for reading. Go ahead and cry out loud in your room. You will feel better.

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 3 years ago from Philippine

      haha, I want to but this is big family where I live and crying would not quite a good look. haha

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @Paolo

      Yeah, that's the problem with big family. Can't cry out loud. Family members would be curious and hunting you with lots of questions.

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 3 years ago from Philippine

      Well, something new mine wont be. like "how they care" its complicated to think through.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Hachi is a really sad movie. If this doesn't make someone cry, they need to resort to dropping something large on their foot to make the tears come.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @flourish

      LOL! You hit the nail my friend!

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      Jany L 3 years ago

      Interesting article. I love it

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @mary

      thanks for reading. Appreciated

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      Seshagopalan Murali 3 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      I was rather surprised reading it. The idea is completely out of the box and its truly amazing. I guess no one till now has portrayed tears in such a positive manner. Keep writing peachpurple..

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @ses

      thanks for taking your precious time reading. I will keep writing.

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      Laura Amsel 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      I save my crying mostly for when I am alone. Sometimes a fight with the husband will bring the tears on, but that just seems to make him angry (which is very annoying!) I can watch a television show or movie, or even sometimes a commercial during PMS time, and cry, cry, cry. And you're right--it does make a person feel better to let it out. Thanks for the interesting info.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @laurel

      Thanks for reading. I don't cry during PMS even though it is really painful. I would cry during couple quarrel though

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      moonlake 2 years ago from America

      I cry to easily and once I start I can't stop. I'm also an ugly crier. I agree though crying can make you feel better. Voted up.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for your votes, it does make you feel better

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting article. I believe that tears can cure a lot of problems, as after you have got over the tears you can see things in a different light and they don't seem to be as bad as they did before you had a cry.

      Hope you are having a great christmas.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Dear elsie

      Thanks for reading, yes crying does let out the stress, merry christmas

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sad movies always make me cry and It is cathartic for me when this happens. Let the tears fall freely is totally different from what we had been told. Often, we keep secret our crying.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Aesta,

      Yes sad movies are very touchy, i even had tears rolling when i cut onions

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      A truly beautiful Hub, Peachpurple from Mother Earth. We are both universal citizens.

      I cried whenever I saw Spartacus, BenHur, Crouching Tiger,Sleeping Dragon, Gladiator, and yes, we have something else in common. I cry in Korean and Chinese movies, too. My Teacher was asked a question about it and he said that it purifies the Soul. So we are in exalted company.

      Great to know you. Much love.

      P.S. Right now or tonight, I will look at Fox Volant of Snowy Mountains. I am on Episode 26, I believe. Quite touching and poignant at the same time.

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      Rachel L Alba 21 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Peachy, I guess that's why my leaky heart valve is getting better. I shed a lot of tears for different reasons over the last 10 or 15 years. Thanks for the information. I voted up.

      Blessings to you.

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      peachy 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks rachel, I am glad that your heart is feeling better now, let those tears flow

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      H C Palting 20 months ago from East Coast

      I enjoyed this hub. I cry when I am angry, happy and sad. However, I manage to compose myself in front of others.

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      peachy 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks express10, it is good that you can control yourself

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      Kyriaki Chatzi 9 months ago

      I am still a little sceptic on the whole crying thing, to be honest. There is no doubt that it makes me feel a little relieved, but when those tears build up I feel that I am losing control.

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      peachy 8 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      http://hubpages.com/@kyriakichatzi

      it is ok to cry, to relief your stress build up within your emotions.

      You aren't losing control.

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