9 Benefits of Crying on your Health

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Some quickly throw up emotional barriers and force themselves to be strong when frustrated, lost, depressed, or stressed. However, others allow themselves to cry. 

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According to social worker Leo Newhouse on the Harvard health blog, crying is a safety valve because repressive coping—keeping painful feelings inside—can be harmful.

Crying is an important safety valve

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Crying makes many individuals feel better. Psalm 126:5 (NIV) says, “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy”. Science validates this human experience. 

Crying improves mood

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Weeping draws support from others. An interpersonal or social gain. A research in Frontiers in Psychology says people cry to feel comfort from others, even if they're unaware.

 Crying elicits support

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Crying might help you recover from a loved one's death. Psychotherapist and It Ends With You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction author Tina B Tessina, PhD, says: “Everyone needs to know how to grieve and be sad to get over difficult events. 

 Crying helps us move on quicker

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Avoiding vulnerability and emotional weakness is the main reason we avoid crying in public. Instead of feeling ashamed or embarrassed about tears, realize that they can deepen connections. 

Crying strengthens relationships

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Dr. Judith Orloff, author of The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People and UC Los Angeles Psychiatric Clinical Faculty psychiatrist, says:

Crying is important self-care

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According to Psalm 34:15, “The Lord is on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry”. Adults struggle to ask for and receive aid. Our culture values independence and self-reliance.

Crying is a way of getting help without asking for it

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“A good cry can also be a good way to kill bacteria,” explains health writer Lizette Borreli. The fluid lysozyme in tears, human milk, semen, mucus, and saliva kills 90–95% of bacteria in five to ten minutes.

Crying kills bacteria

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After a good weep, most individuals feel calmer and happier. Breathing regulates heart rate and blood pressure. Crying makes 88.8% of individuals feel better, while 8.4% feel worse, according to a research. Crying relaxes the body.

 Crying makes you calmer

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