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7 Reasons Why Crying Is Good for You

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7 Reasons Why Crying Is Good for You

By Therese Borchar, DivineCaroline

New York Times reporter Benedict Carey referred to tears in a recent piece as “emotional perspiration.” Given that I sweat a lot and hate deodorant, I suppose it makes sense that I weep often. But I’m not going to apologize for that, because after a good cry, I always feel cleansed, like my heart and mind just rubbed each other’s backs in a warm bath.

In his intriguing article, “The Miracle of Tears,” in which I found some of the research for this post, author Jerry Bergman writes: “Tears are just one of many miracles which work so well that we take them for granted every day.”

Here, then, are seven ways tears and the phenomenon we call “crying” heal us physiologically, psychologically, and spiritually.

1. Tears Help Us See
The most basic function of tears is that they enable us to see. Literally. Tears not only lubricate our eyeballs and eyelids, they also prevent dehydration of our various mucous membranes. No lubrication, no eyesight. Writes Jerry Bergman: “Without tears, life would be drastically different for humans–in the short run enormously uncomfortable, and in the long run eyesight would be blocked out altogether.”

2. Tears Kill Bacteria
No need for Clorox wipes. We’ve got tears! Our own antibacterial and antiviral agent working for us, fighting off all the germs we pick up on community computers, shopping carts, public sinks, and all those places the nasty little guys make their homes and procreate.

Tears contain lysozyme, a fluid that the germ-a-phobe dreams about in her sleep, because it can kill 90 to 95 percent of all bacteria in just five to ten minutes! This translates, I’m guessing, to three months’ worth of colds and stomach viruses.

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11:08AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Hachi it is tonight then, never fails to make me cry and give me an excuse to not explain the real reason :)

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Crying is a natural release which should not be stifled or buried or one will become very stressed throughout life.

8:32PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

thanks

12:55PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

tears do not seem to be acceptable in business...

11:25AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Thank you

6:37AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

But then why do we naturally want to stop crying if it is good for us. We try to suppress it the best we can. I guess that's just the body response to want to hold onto some of the pain?

6:30AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

thanks for sharing

6:03AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

good article

4:30PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

I have always cried easily...when I was sad, happy, touched by a movie that I saw. In fact, when I was about 16 years old my Father said, "I should rent you out for weddings and funerals." and I had no idea what he was talking about! LOL It is good to know that there is a REASON behind why we cry that is beneficial.

7:24PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

thnx for this

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