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  • Writer's pictureJackie Windham

Benefits of Crying: Why It's Good to Shed a Few Tears

Crying is a natural human emotion that is often associated with sadness, grief, or pain. However, crying can also have a number of health benefits.

Detoxifies the body

There are three different types of tears: basal tears, reflex tears, and emotional tears. Basal tears keep your eyes moist and clean, while reflex tears are produced in response to irritants, such as dust or smoke. Emotional tears, on the other hand, are produced in response to strong emotions, such as sadness, happiness, or anger.

Emotional tears contain higher levels of stress hormones than basal or reflex tears. When you cry, these stress hormones are released from your body, which can help to reduce stress and promote feelings of relaxation.

Helps self-soothe

Crying can also be a way to self-soothe. When you cry, your body releases endorphins, which are natural pain relievers and mood enhancers. Endorphins can help to reduce pain, anxiety, and stress, and can also improve your mood.

Dulls pain

In addition to releasing endorphins, crying can also help to dull pain. This is because crying increases the production of oxytocin, a hormone that has pain-relieving effects. Oxytocin can also help to reduce inflammation and promote feelings of relaxation.

Improves mood

Crying can also help to improve your mood. This is because crying helps to release stress hormones and toxins from your body, which can make you feel better. Crying can also help to you to process your emotions and to connect with others who are feeling the same way.

Rallies support

Crying can also help to rally support from others. When you cry in front of someone, it can show them that you are feeling vulnerable and that you need their help. This can help to strengthen your relationships and to make you feel more connected to others.

When to seek help

While crying can be a healthy way to express your emotions, it is important to seek help if you are crying excessively or if your crying is interfering with your daily life. If you are concerned about your crying, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.


Crying is a natural human emotion that can have a number of health benefits. If you are feeling sad, stressed, or overwhelmed, don't be afraid to let a few tears flow. Crying can help you to feel better both physically and emotionally.

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