#854 Crying

Go let it out

Pop quiz, hotshot.

A 2006 study in Scientific American Mind magazine said that on average men cry X times a month and woman cry Y times a month. Take a guess on the numbers and see how close you are (answers below).

Now, whether you’re above or below average, consider crying a little bit more. When you feel the hot, salty tears coming, don’t hold back. Let them flood your eyes and pour down your cheeks, because while our egghead pals over at Wikipedia insist there are no conclusive studies showing why people cry, there really are a lot of reasons why crying is great. Hear me out:

Share the tears. Crying brings us closer together. In these anonymous days of gated communities, big-box stores, and rampant Interneting, sometimes people just need the attention and care of a friend. I mean, when you see your pal crying, what happens? Maybe your eyes well up and you throw them a hug. And maybe that’s exactly what they need and why the tears poured out in the first place.

Let it go

 • Body buzz. Studies show that emotional crying (versus dry-eyes crying, onion crying, or eyelash-in-your-eye crying) actually releases a bunch of wacky hormones that relieve tension by balancing your body’s stress levels. If you’ve ever heard people say ‘I’m okay, I had a good cry,’ then it could be because crying helps straighten out your chemically crooked self right when you need it most. And let’s face it — that’s a lot better than holding it all in and shorting out all your inner circuitry. Listen to the baby

• Hey, I just crapped my diaper. Babies cry before they talk, to let us all know when they’re tired, frustrated, scared, in pain, or when they really, really, really want their video back on. The point is that crying is a primal, universal way to communicate and sure does tell us when something’s up. Way to program that into us, God and/or evolution.

Yes, even though men only cry once a month on average and women let them pour five times or more, there’s room for tears plus, people. So don’t hold back because you think it’s embarassing or a sign of weakness, no. When memories of lost loved ones flood back or painful experiences hit you hard, I say just let those big, wet tears rain down without any guilt or shame.

Because we all need to let go sometimes.


Blame it on the rain

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99 thoughts on “#854 Crying

    1. I think some people are smart to be already weining themselves off of this blog. Similar to the catchy little Smurfs tune, I myself am riding a “Merry-go-round”, of “Weining, Whining, Woe”…….:(

  1. Normally I’m a massive crier and cry over just about anything (especially songs and films, don’t even start me on musicals!!!) The problem is, my dad died a month ago and I’ve cried maybe 3 times since then. He was ill but it was still quite quick (he told us in January and was doing ok and from the middle of April he just completely deteriorated) I can’t wait until I get my great big cry out and get rid of this horrible feeling but it just won’t seem to come

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  5. I cry so much. I know I’m super emotional, maybe a bit too much actually.
    when your happy you cry mostly because you can’t believe whats going on in life and that sometimes when you cry for sadness you may think its the end of the world…crying is normal in life.

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  7. the downside, is that your favourite foods never really taste the same again after you’ve had a REALLY good cry while eating/drinking them

  8. Meh. I’ve gone years without crying (except for allergy and onion related issues, of course). So, I never really got fellow girls who cry all the time.. That said, five times a month isn’t all the much.. 1 and 5.. The way some people say it, you’d think women do nothing but cry.
    I’d also assume those cry days coincide with menstrual issues. Considering all the hormonal things with women in comparison to men, we really don’t cry that much, huh?

  9. It’s funny. My English teacher showed me this blog, and, without knowing what I was going to find here, I see myself reading this article. Again, it’s funny. I really saw myself on the 3rd paragraph, and that’s exactly what I really feel. Little did I know that I could find the answer to my little adolescent “depression” here? It’s true. I’m a guy and yes, everything it’s true. Crying is an awesome thing and makes you a lot better. In my life, I just really cried when my grandpa died and the night I discovered my crush was dating another guy. And that’s it, the prejudice with the cry, and everything it involves… That was the only time that I really felt better after. Crying can change everything.

  10. what a wonderful thing we have here!!! This post is really awesome cause is showing people that crying is not a way to show u r weak, but it just express ur emotions and its good! I’m sure I cry everyday for differente reasons… I cry everytime I remember that I’m alive and living with all my loves and when I remember that things are not going like I would like it was… when I’m happy or when I’m sad, I cry! And I enjoy it… I like see people crying cause God is talking with them someway,somehow… When u cry u are free! When you cry no matter for what, u r showing u are worry about,and it’s AWESOME!

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  15. The guy in the picture is Zulkifli Mohamad Nor from Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
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