Why do you cry?

If happens to everyone. Either you are really happy or really upset. It's hard to breath,hard to talk...your nose is running and everything you see is blurry. This is typically what happens when you cry. Everyone knows that when someone says something that makes you upset or you see or hear something that makes you upset, you automatically start to cry. But how does seeing something that makes you upset, correlate your your body physically crying and making tears?
     Although we associate crying mostly with being bad, scientists are saying that crying can actually be healthy for you. This article talks about how it has been scientifically proven that crying can make you healthier. According to scientists, crying has been proven to be mentally. A study suggested that 88.8% of people that said they cried, said that crying made them feel better (independent.co/uk). "It has also been found that women cry an average amount of 47 times per year while men cry about 7" (independent.co/uk) 
    According to these scientists, crying is actually healthy for you because emotional tears bring balance back to the body after a traumatizing event. This theory is known as the "recovery theory."
     According to a webmd article, "crying is an emotional response to certain feelings..." Crying is also a release of built up energy.Crying is also believed to be a survival mechanism (Jodi DeLuca PHD).

Some people cry more than others. The stereotype suggests that women cry more than men. People that are cry are sometimes called "cry babies" and probably wish that there was a way that you could cry less. The answer of how to do this is that is extremely difficult. When your body is reacting to stress or a situation that is needs to release emotions, you are going to cry.


This was really interesting. Apparently on top of helping you to feel better after a traumatizing event, crying has some further long term benefits. In a study of football players who teared up after losing a big game, it was found that those who cried actually had higher self-esteem than those who did not. Those who did not show emotion after a game were actually found to be less satisfied with their lives. Whether these findings are truly caused by crying or are merely correlation has yet to be proven, but I certainly found the study interestion.
For more information visit: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/10/05/crying-is-healthy-even-for-tough-football-players/

I am actually not surprised at all that crying can be healthy for you. I find that if I cry over something, I tend to feel better afterward just because I have let out stress and tension that had been building in me. I liked how you mentioned that stereotypically, women are known to cry more than men. I know men don't choose to cry because it does not make them "manly" and tough, but I wonder if they knew the benefits, as you have described, if they would be willing to let off their emotions in this way. This blog post also reminded me of a previous post that a fellow student wrote in the first blog period titled, Benefits of Laughter. According to this post and another article that I found laughter can be very beneficial, not only to our emotional state, but physically as well. Laughter, which is common in our everyday lives, is similar to crying in that it is a way that we can get rid of building tension or solve traumatizing events. Laughter allows us to lower our anxiety and stress levels as well as relaxing our muscles. Do you think that if people knew the findings of what crying and laughter can do for you, then individuals would do it more and find it acceptable to do? It is true that most of us will not find the need to cry every day, but maybe knowing these simple statements, people (men and women), wouldn't feel ashamed if they let out a good cry every once in a while.

Daniel, I also found your comment and post very informative. Our society assumes that all men should be tough and not show emotions. I think it would be interesting to see an even larger study with different types of male athletes and see if something like crying will allow them to get over a loss, and maybe even make them tougher in the long run for being able to securely show their emotions.

I found your post really interesting. I think most people would agree nothing is better than a good cry, and its nice to know that science agrees. After reading your blog, I also looked into why some people cry more than others. It was difficult for me to find any scientific reasons, but I did find that those who have traumatic pasts are more prone to crying, which I find kind of obvious. Other than that though, it seems like theres no real reason why some people are more prone to crying than others. Also, as you said theres a stereotype of women crying more than men, and it seems this is the case because it has always been more socially acceptable for women to cry. source: http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/why-we-cry-the-truth-about-tearing-up

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