‘What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.’
‘To weep is to make less the depth of grief.’
Crying is the shedding of tears especially as an expression of distress or pain.
“Emotional crying is cleansing,” sang Dionne Warwick, one of the most successful singers in the US. It 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.
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 help ease chronic pain.
When you are upset and stressed, you develop an imbalance of and 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.
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. However, Dr. Abigael San (a chattered clinical psychologist) states that, “If you are depressed and crying all the time, its 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.
In a nutshell, crying facilitates:
- Physical detoxification.
- Emotionally clears sadness.
- Resolves grief.
- Heals 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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