Psychologists say crying is not only a healthy thing to do, but in fact, it is a sign of strength and resilience in your personality.

For starters, a 1983 study from the American Psychological Association demonstrated that most people feel more relieved after crying related to stress from interpersonal relationships and anxious or sad thoughts.

Emotional health experts say that crying is one of the best ways to channel the thoughts and events that lead to worry or grief. Bottling up emotions by holding back the tears leads to stress and can result in long-term psychological damage.

Crying releases negative tension from our day to day lives, allowing us to feel comforted and recharged so that we can move forward afterward. Emotional tears also contain hormones, and releasing them may improve our mood after crying.

Professor Roger Baker from Bournemouth University argues crying is the transformation of distress into something tangible, and the process of crying decreases the feeling of trauma.

We often feel vulnerable when we cry when other people are around. You feel the tears well up and the blood rush to your face; and even if you to suppress these responses, the tears usually come anyway.

Our society conditions us to believe that crying in front of other people should be avoided. Human nature, however, is such that we cannot keep up our emotional guard all the time.

Research done in 1964 determined that people respond less negatively and more compassionately to people those who are crying. The study examined self-reported emotional responses of subjects when they are in the same room as a crying person.

The study did confirm that crying made most people feel uncomfortable, however, it also suggested crying in front of others shows you value your feelings above the social expectations of others.

Source: The Hearty Soul
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