Why do we cry?


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As we go through the average day, we all face different emotions at each encounter we have. Some emotions are good; being happy and laughing, or they can be bad; sadness and crying. What I want to focus on in this blog is why we can have two completely different emotions and end up with the same result. When people make you very upset, it is common to cry. But why is it that when you hear or see something extremely funny you also may cry. Interesting how two opposite emotions can result with the same outcome, tears. May they be sad tears or tears of joy, tears run down our face. I read an articleabout this concept and learned that crying when sad and crying after laughter helps us reduce stress because of the hormones released when we cry.  Whenever I'm upset about something, laughing usually seems to help.me get out of my slump. However, when I'mreally upset about something like the loss of a family member, laughter is not enough. During these instances in life, we should let the tears out and grieve. When we cry, our body releases hormones through the tear glands resulting in a lower level of these hormones in the rest of the body. One of these hormones is prolactin, which is directly related to depression. It always feels better once you let out the tears.

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HEY, your blog is so meaningful...As humans we laugh and cry, but seldom do we question how, or why. There are many processes involved in both responses. Cultures around the world allow both crying and laughing as acceptable behaviors. With crying, as well as laughter, the body goes through physical or chemical changes. Crying and laughter are beneficial to us both emotionally and physically. We must have them to function in the world. We need both laughter and tears to help us function in society. Crying relieves stress, reduces hormone and chemical levels in the body, and helps us return to a calm state. Laughter relieves stress, stimulates healing, exercises certain parts of the body, and helps in human bonding. That is why crying and laughing are beneficial to us both emotionally and physically.
I have found an article related to your topic
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It is interesting how both are acceptable behaviors but not in all scenarios. At a wake, it would not be acceptable to start laughing so hard you begin to cry. It also occurred to me that women cry more than men. Men are supposed to be tough yet crying is socially viewed among men as weakness. Maybe crying shows strength to not let others opinions get in the way of how we express our true emotions.

On Sciencedaily.com I found an interesting quote.
"Crying is a highly evolved behavior," explains Dr. Hasson. "Tears give clues and reliable information about submission, needs and social attachments between one another."
Throughout the article, it is argued that crying helps social attachment and to "bring people together". I understand this claim in situations of grief but why do men have to suppress those emotions to seem tough. I completely agree with your point, Sam. I think it is interesting how men hold back emotions to avoid looking weak. Maybe they are just missing out on an opportunity to grow closer to others.

I understand the reason we cry when we're sad it to reduce the stress hormone. But there isn't any stress released when we're happy and cry from tears of joy, so how do the two correlate?

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