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7 Reasons Why Crying Is Good for You

6. Tears Build Community
In her Science Digest article, writer Ashley Montagu argued that crying not only contributes to good health, but it also builds community. I know what you’re thinking: “Well, yeah, but not the right kind of community. I mean, I might ask the woman bawling her eyes out behind me in church what’s wrong or if I can help her, but I’m certainly not going to invite her to dinner.”

I beg to differ. As a prolific crier, I always come away astounded by the resounding support of people I know, and the level of intimacy exchanged among them. Tears help communication and foster community.

7. Tears Release Feelings
Even if you haven’t just been through something traumatic or are severely depressed, the average Joe goes through his day accumulating little conflicts and resentments. Sometimes they gather inside the limbic system of the brain and in certain corners of the heart. Crying is cathartic. It lets the devils out before they wreak all kind of havoc with the nervous and cardiovascular systems. As John Bradshaw writes in his bestseller Home Coming, “All these feelings need to be felt. We need to stomp and storm; to sob and cry; to perspire and tremble.”

For more on crying, see How and Why We Cry, and Benefits of a Good Cry

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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


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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