As emotional creatures, humans are bound to have a few good cries in their life. We’re all born unable to talk so we resort to crying, and as we grow a little we might cry if we fall down or don’t get our way.
Once you become an adult though, a certain stigma starts to surround crying and if you’re to do so in public it can be seen as a sign of weakness.
Most people would rather hold back their tears or release them in a private setting rather than allowing others to see them at such a vulnerable and emotional state.
But what you may not know is that crying is actually something that can represent a lot of positive things! Here are 16 facts about what happens if you cry a lot and how this can reflect your personality.
1. Although many people are ashamed to cry or speak about crying, there have been a few famous people known to proudly shed tears. Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey shared that there were definitely fights where she had cried the day before and even after.
2. Other people such as former presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Barack Obama have been known to shed a tear even if it’s publicly.
3. So what’s the truth then? Is crying a sign of weakness, or could it actually be a representation of power?
4. Psychologists are saying that people who cry a lot are actually showing a sign of strong mental capabilities.
5. Crying can actually show that you are connected to your feelings and it makes you confront them. Whether they are tears of sadness, frustration, anger, or even happiness—crying can be a great release rather than suppressing these feelings.
6. It can also show that you aren’t afraid to go against social expectations. Crying is usually seen as a form of weakness for men, and women are seen as overly dramatic and aren’t taken seriously. If a person were to cry despite these stigmas it could be seen as a form of rebellion.
7. It can also make you a leader. If you’re the first to express your emotions during a trying time, it may encourage others to open up about their feelings as well.
8. Crying is a great stress reliever and it’s a good way to let go of emotions. It’s not healthy to keep things bottled up inside as it can become self destructive.
9. It can also feel good to cry because when you do so, the body releases a set of endorphins. Crying also reduces stress by releasing toxins through the tears.
10. A study was done in which a group of people were shown a set of sad films. The people who didn’t cry during the movie reported no changes in their moods, but the people who did cry experienced sadness, and then eventually happiness.
11. The ones who cried felt better in the long run because of this emotional release. These tears are named ‘emotional tears’ and are one of the few different types of tears the body can produce.
12. Did you know that when you cry for different reasons, your tears actually look different? Although it can only be seen under a microscope, the shape and build of a tear shed after cutting an onion will look vastly different from one shed after a breakup.
13. Tears are also important because they naturally kill germs. Tears contain antibacterials that kill up to 95% of the germs surrounding the eye in just 5-10 minutes.
14. Tears also act as the natural lubricant for the eye making sure they stay moisturized and preventing them from drying up.
15. It’s also known to lower blood pressure as well as heart rate. Patients who cry during therapy sessions end up with lowered levels after the release.
16. Crying doesn’t mean that you’re weak, it means that you’re human! The next time you’re feeling upset or angry, go find yourself a nice quiet place and let it out. You’re guaranteed to feel much better after the emotional release.