As the saying goes 'If you cry you cry alone. If you smile the whole world smiles with you.' True in part but shedding a tear is a good thing. In general women cry more than men. But I've also seen some pretty hard men cry. We are still a little stuck in some draconian era where real men are not expected to eat quiche or cry. Last time I cried was when my daughter lost her sight and ability to move overnight. Admittedly it was behind closed doors but at least it’s a start.
Below are some good reasons to shed a few more tears.
Overexposure to manganese can cause bad stuff including anxiety, nervousness, irritability, fatigue, aggression and emotional disturbance. The act of crying can lower a person’s manganese level. Emotional tears contain 24 percent higher albumin protein concentration which has the benefit of transporting many small molecules than irritation tears.
Tears remove some of the chemicals built up in the body from stress, like the endorphin leucine-enkaphalin and prolactin. The opposite is true too as supressing tears increases stress levels, and contributes to diseases aggravated by stress, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, and peptic ulcers.
Crying not only contributes to good health but it also builds community. When someone cries they will receive support of people they know well and also strangers developing a level of intimacy really seen in everyday life. Tears help communication and foster community.
Most people go through a day accumulating conflicts and resentments which sometimes gather in the limbic system of the brain and corners of the heart. Crying is cathartic and prevents damage to the nervous and cardiovascular systems.