“The first two categories serve the important function of removing debris such as smoke and dust from our eyes and lubricating our eyes to protect them from infection.”
It’s not news that women cry more than men, according to the American Association of Psychologists, “The average number of times a year that women cry emotional tears, compared to 5 to 17 times a year for men, according to a self-report study of more than 7,000 people in 37 countries.
Psychologist Georgia ray postulates that there are sociological and physiological reasons why men do not cry as much as women. “Men have significantly lower prolactin levels (linked to emotional tear hormones) compared to women.” and then there is the societal stereotype that discourages men from crying.
But here’s why everyone should cry;
Crying helps you express your emotions instead of just suppressing them. The repression of your emotions is called repressive adaptation, and it is bad for your mental and physical health. Repressive adaptation causes hypertension, disease, stress and depression.
According to Harvard Health, “Crying has also been shown to increase attachment behavior, encourage closeness, empathy, and support from friends and family.”
When we cry, we can be comforted by our friends and family, and this improves our relationship with them.
Crying also makes you feel better. When you cry, especially during sobs, you breathe in air, and getting air helps you calm down.
We don’t just cry when we are sad but when we are happy or excited. We could express these feelings with tears in our eyes when we do this, we calm down.
Interestingly, a baby needs to cry when he comes out of the womb for the first time. This is because crying gives them the opportunity to start breathing on their own and helps their lungs adjust to the world outside their mother’s womb.
So the next time you feel like crying or see someone cry, please let those tears flow.