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Why do we cry?

Why do we cry?

Whether it's to grieve at the end of a close relationship or because of frustration due to a bad day at work, once you wipe your tears away, the world can seem like it's been put back together again. Crying may have a biochemical purpose as it's believed to release stress hormones or toxins from the body.

Emotional or stress related tears are said to help us through difficult times in several ways. They wash out the toxic chemicals from our bodies while psychologically, giving our feelings a good airing which is thought to be a healthy tonic.

Crying is also thought to reduce stress, which can have an adverse effect on our health and has been linked to a number of health issues including high blood pressure, heart disease, type-2 diabetes and obesity. Apart from removing toxins from our body, tearing up also has psychological benefits of lifting our mood and helping us cope with painful situations. Crying may also trigger physical contact with another individual such as a hug or a reassuring hand placed on one's arm can has been linked to improved sense of well-being.

Keep in mind that frequent crying is not always good for you and could be a sign of a serious condition such as depression, PTSD and postnatal depression. Also, the healing effect of crying doesn't work for everyone and research has shown that people who suffer from mood disorders are less likely to benefit or feel better after crying. Whether crying is good for you largely depends on a number of reasons for it, the situation and how it is handled.

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