Releasing Emotion: The Benefits of a Good Cry

September 8, 2010 Theresa Fung

Releasing emotion through a good cry can help you get rid of sadness, frustration, or anger. There are physical and mental benefits of a good cry. Read this.

The other night, as I sat watching a romantic comedy on television (no need to display my bad taste in movies by naming the show in question), I enjoyed a good cry. Yes, I said I enjoyed crying. I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a bit of a sap, and that almost all movies from dramas, to chick flicks, and even the occasional Disney movie can bring tears to my eyes. As I’m sure a few other saps who are reading this might tell you, you often feel better after having a good cry. And many studies show that crying may actually be good for your health.

The Health Benefits of a Good Cry

A good cry reduces stress levels. Similar to how sweat helps to removes toxins from your body, a steady stream of tears can take away some built-up toxic stress hormones. Holding back tears is said to have the opposite effect; so if you feel the urge to shed a few tears and don’t feel comfortable doing it in the open, find a private place.

A good cry releases endorphins.
After you’ve cried a bit, our endocrine system releases “feel-good” hormones that helps to stabilize our mood and enable us to feel better again.

A good cry cleans and lubricates your eyes.
Tears have great antiviral and antibacterial properties which help to naturally keep your peepers lubricated and remove any germs that have found their way in.

Social Stigma and Having a Good Cry

While many animals produce tears and have the capacity to feel different emotions, humans are believed to be the only animals that actually weep. This uniquely human trait often brings about negative connotations amongst adults such as weakness, instability, or incompetence.

Males, especially, are typically raised to suppress their emotions and are often forced into the strong, silent stereotype. Well, I for one have a great respect for guys who are able to convey their emotions. Who wants to be with someone with the emotional depth of a rock? Besides, most women I know secretly think it’s cute if their guy gets teary-eyed from movies.

While no man (or woman) wants to be known as the Weeping Willow (especially at the office), crying is a natural, human response and lets us convey a range of emotions including happiness, sadness, frustration, or anger. So the next time you have a bad day at work and want to release some negative energy, try going to your room, playing some music and sobbing your eyes out for a bit (Crying Out Bipolar Depression). You might just feel better.

Movies to Help You Get in a Good Cry

APA Reference
Fung, T. (2010, September 8). Releasing Emotion: The Benefits of a Good Cry, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 19 from

Author: Theresa Fung

September, 15 2010 at 8:14 pm

Well done, my dear blogger. I must admit that I am a bit sentimental while watching some moving scenes during movies(that is if I stay awake long enough). But don't forget to laugh it off later. Afterall, laughter is still the
best medicine.
Keep up the good work.

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