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when do you shed tears of joy?

Updated on November 7, 2012

We may shed tears when we are in pain as a result of trauma or when we are emotionally hurt or when we loss a loved one. There are many reasons people may cry and shed tears but it seems unusual for someone to cry or shed tears when one is really happy. That is what some people call, “Tears of Joy.”

What is it that really makes some people shed tears of joy? It usually occurs in situations where one is faced with sorrow and joy and the uncertainty of the outcome of such situations. It is mostly seen when sorrow or failure seemed eminent then suddenly came happiness or victory which was not expected at that time. That is in situation where things turned around suddenly from bad to good.

For instance in the story of the hub “Why Lot’s wife turned to a pillar of salt” in which Mr. Daniel shed tears of joy as he addressed his audience and reminded them of the struggles he passed through in life. Another instance may be in a situation where one has been informed that one’s love one was seriously injured that prognosis was grave only for one to rush to the scene in anxiety and fear to discover that even though the love one was hurt but it was not as bad as the information said. One’s tears in this case will be that one is happy that one will still be with the loved one again.

That reminds us of the tears of joy and celebrations by football players and fans following a victory. This usually happens when their team was already losing that some of their fans might had left the stand or the stadium out of frustration only to hear that their team later came back from behind to win the match. The players may shed tears of joy especially when sport analyst rated their chances of victory very low or unlikely.

Just as there are various reasons we shed tears of joy so can you recall why you have shed such tears and the reason. The tears of joy are mostly experienced by those that are emotional and kind. It is common when one gets the sweetest victory and “the sweetest victory is that won when everybody had counted you out because they thought you could not make.” Such victory is achieved because only you believed in yourself and your ability or because you want to prove them wrong so you determined and you stood your ground and fought till the end or until you became victorious. At that point, you can shed tears of joy with the knowing that you achieved what many people thought was impossible.


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      davidkaluge 5 years ago

      Thanks Sidkemp.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      J. R. R. Tolkien, the author of the Lord of the Rings, called such moments "eucatastrophe," from the Greek, meaning "beautiful catastrophe." Yet we can open to shedding tears of joy in milder moments, too, as when a butterfly floats by, or when the sun bursts through rainclouds.