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1 year ago
On the Brighter Side, Crying Is Actually Good for Your Health

Weddings. Funerals. Commercials about pets and newborns (or newborn pets). Used to be, tears had their place. But between the NYC Crying Guide Tumblr (think: reviews of public-sob spots) and new hotels with designated crying rooms, we're all calling the wambulance—and that's a good thing!

Blubbering can be critical for well-being, says Jodi De Luca, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Boulder, Colorado. Let loose around kind, comforting people—the sort who pass you tissues (or vino) instead of staring awkwardly into space—and let the perks wash over you.

Lifted Spirits
Around 50 percent of people end up feeling happier after a waterworks sesh, says the world's leading crying researcher, psychologist Ad Vingerhoets, Ph.D., of Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Shedding tears triggers the brain to amp the release of mood-boosting endorphins. (Heart you, biology.)

Squelched Stress
Ever feel, like, totally mellowed out after unleashing the floodgates? Crying likely stimulates the branch of your nervous system that promotes relaxation and recovery, says Vingerhoets. Oxytocin, the body's natural anxiety-nixing hormone, also is thought to surge post-wail. (Bonus: Oxytocin is called the "bonding hormone" and could make you feel closer to whoever's offering you the proverbial shoulder during your sobfest.)

Extra Support
Early humans used tears to let others know they were in distress—and to make others want to help them. That still holds true for us noncave folk; one study found that people felt more empathy when looking at a photo of a crying face than when looking at the same picture with the tears digitally removed.

More Money
The thought of a higher-up seeing you weep may feel mortifying—even counterproductive. But if you work with said boss on a daily basis, you may be more likely to get a raise if you shed a few while negotiating, per a new study. Huh?? As Judith Orloff, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, explains: "When they grant you what you want, they feel they are executing their power in a beneficial way, and that makes them feel good about themselves." Ka-ching!

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