Have you ever wondered why it is good to cry? We usually suppress the urge to cry although we need it so much. From a psychological point of view it is not good to do so because tears also bring benefits to our lives. It give us a sense of release and peace.

It is often believed that crying is a sign of weakness and should be avoided. But it is advisable not to hold back the urge to cry. The repression of these internal tensions could only worsen the situation.

The Benefits Of Crying From A Mental Health Point Of View

Interestingly, depressed people cry relatively little, contrary to what one might imagine. Crying, no matter how contradictory it may seem, improves our mental health. Emotional crying (not caused by pain) helps to release both physical and psychological stress.

Crying cleanses our emotions. Crying is a way to get rid of both physical and emotional “toxins”. According to studies, the composition of tears differs depending on the situation. Tears are not the same if it derives from sadness than from cutting onions.

Crying fights stress and anxiety. In fact, laughter and crying are expressed in a similar way: shortness of breath, facial changes, tears. Both are contagious if you are in a group and help fight stress and anxiety. These ways of expressing allows you to have a positive attitude.

Why It Is Good To Cry: Crying Is Part Of Human Nature

If there is a universal human language, it is composed mainly of laughter and tears. Both pleasure and pain, joy and sadness, tend to be expressed in the end through that language without words or boundaries.

By observing children we can see how fast they can go from tears to laughter. We see from this that that throughout our existence we move between the two polarities.

The human being is practically different from animals. We differentiate ourself by upright posture, speech, “religious” sense (in the face of death and the mystery of life) and our ability to laugh and cry.

It is obvious that animals can feel emotions. It is enough to imagine a dog welcoming his owner. We can see that it does not express his emotions through the mechanisms of laughter and crying.

The Power To Express Emotions Thru Crying

The spontaneous expression of both joy and sadness is healthy and convenient.

Tears can be a form of learning and purification if you know how to understand their meaning. In any case, they unite us with our fellow men and can help us change our attitudes and goals. Also they help us learn how to better appreciate the gifts of life.

Is It Better To Cry Or Laugh?

As always, it is a matter of proportions. If we compare the melancholy with salt (tears are salty, like blood and the sea) and the hilarious with pepper, it is clear that, although life must be seasoned often, it is better not to exaggerate. Seasoning to a certain extent is the best way to appreciate the flavor of food.

On the other hand, if we conceive of laughter and tears of happiness and sadness as opposites, there is a mental expression that reconciles both possibilities: a smile.

Laughter can be generous and kind. Also sometimes can be harmful or even malicious (remember the Mephistophelean laugh).

Tears are often noble and selfless, but sometimes selfish and ignorant.
While a sincere smile essentially expresses joy, though always with a touch of melancholy. This will always be beautiful no matter who expresses it.

The smile invites us to look for the center and to flee from extremes. It helps us to place ourselves – as Buddhism suggests – “beyond fear and hope”, keeping the serenity.

We like sincere smiles because they are warm and comforting. In them one can glimpse, through face and gaze, the radiance of inner light.

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