The act of crying has for quiet a long time now been linked to a sadness, pain and loss - especially when it has to do with the death of a loved one, the watching of an emotional movie or even so a mere relationship break-up. But truth be told, crying has been scientifically proven to play a significant role in prolonging longevity and improving the health of the 'tearful'.
Find out the five ways by which crying makes your far healthier thus prolongs your life as it heals us physiologically, psychologically and spiritually.
1. Tears Improves Your Eyesight
Tears does not only lubricate your eyeballs and eyelids but also prevent dehydration of our various mucous membranes.In fact, a scientist has revealed that “Without tears, life would be drastically different for humans — in the short run enormously uncomfortable, and in the long run eyesight would be blocked out altogether.”
2. Crying elevates your move.
Crying releases the very tears which contain a chemical called albumin protein concentration which is transporting many molecules. What tears do is that is helps you do away with your stress, anxiety and depression thus leaving you the freest man or woman ever to have lived on Earth.
3. Tears remove toxins.
Biochemist William Frey, who has been researching tears for as long as I’ve been searching for sanity, found in one study that emotional tears–those formed in distress or grief–contained more toxic byproducts than tears of irritation (think onion peeling). Are tears toxic then? No! They actually remove toxins from our body that build up courtesy of stress. They are like a natural therapy or massage session, but they cost a lot less!
4. Crying lowers stress.
Tears really are like perspiration in that exercising and crying both relieve stress. For real. In his article, Bergman explains that tears remove some of the chemicals built up in the body from stress, like the endorphin leucine-enkaphalin and prolactin, the hormone I overproduce because of my pituitary tumor that affects my mood and stress tolerance. The opposite is true too. Bergman writes, “Suppressing tears increases stress levels, and contributes to diseases aggravated by stress, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, and peptic ulcers.
5. Tears release feelings.
Even if you haven’t just been through something traumatic or are severely depressed, the average Jo goes through his day accumulating conflicts and resentments. Sometimes they gather inside the limbic system of the brain and in certain corners of the heart. Crying is cathartic. It lets the devils out. Before they wreak all kind of havoc with the nervous and cardiovascular systems. Writes John Bradshaw in his bestseller Home Coming: “All these feelings need to be felt. We need to stomp and storm; to sob and cry; to perspire and tremble.” Amen, Brother Bradford!
So whatever the situation, you have no option than to get crying at least once or twice a week, an act which can be achieved through meditation, watching and listening to emotional movies.