In the words of my great teacher(self-proclaimed), Shakespeare-“When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools”. Indeed, our very first way of interaction, as a baby, is in the form of crying. We swell up our eyes, and get all teary, and then out goes a dam full of salty liquid. Scientifically speaking, the tears come out of your tear glands, or lacrimal, found under your upper eyelids. Tears run out from tiny drain-ducts called lacrimal ducts, when they get filled with tears. So irrespective of the fact that whether you are crying, or your eyes are just getting teary, they flow out of the lacrimal ducts. But is this all there is to understand? Do we cry just because our ducts get filled up? Is there no other reason for it? Indeed, there are multitudes of reason due to which we cry, and all of them have their own benefits. Lets unravel this mystery, as we explore ten such reasons why we cry!
10. Tears Improve Vision
Our body is a very intriguing piece of art in itself. A piece of art whose different systems, we take for granted. A great example in our context, would be tears. Tears not only lubricate our eyeballs and eyelids, they also prevent dehydration of our various mucous membranes. A major part of our eyeball is filled with a viscous membrane, which if dehydrated, would blur our vision considerably, and could also lead to permanent damage to our eyes. So without tears you would be in a lot of pain, as in the words of Hans Christian Andersen, “But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.”
9. Tears Lower Blood Pressure
According to a study by Dr William H. Frey II, a biochemist at the St Paul-Ramsey Medical Centre in Minnesota, there is an important chemical difference between emotional or stress-related tears and those caused by physical conditions, like irritation due to smoke, or cutting onions. He found that emotional tears contained more of the protein-based hormones prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and leucine enkephalin (a natural painkiller). The interesting thing about this is that all these hormones are produced by our body, when it feels stress. This in turn reduces our blood pressure. Its no surprise. that in most soap operas, after a good crying session, wife always forgives the husband. So ya, don’t hold’em back, just let’em roll.
8. Tears Remove Harmful Substances
Tears, are not composed of only water: THEY ARE FULL OF EMOTIONS. Beside the obvious emotional statement, your tears also contain lot of harmful substances, that your brain decides, are not needed in your body. One of the major culprit is Manganese. T he simple act of crying reduces the body’s manganese level, a mineral which affects mood. It is found to be 30 percent more concentrated in tears than in blood. It also removes a lot of stress-inducing chemicals, which help in keeping your brain clog-free.
7. Tears Keep Eyes Clean
Tears are a simple, but highly effective mechanism devised by our brain to keep our eyes clean. You might have noticed how tears come out, every time dust or some stupid bugs get into your eyes. It hurts in the beginning, with itching following it immediately. But no sooner that tears start coming out, your eyes feel all cool and clear. This happens because tears carry out all the dust particles along with them, and exit our eyes.
6. Crying Helps You Face The Truth
You knew Lizzie was the one girl that could change your life. She was perfect, but as fate had it, she left you. Now you are afraid to start a new relationship, afraid that you might again be left heartbroken. You are so afraid of your past, that you deny to embrace your present. If this is your story, and you feel you can relate to this, then go home, close the door and have a good session of crying. If necessary, tell it to your mom, or dad, or best friend. Cry in their arms, and let them know how vulnerable you feel. You will start noticing the benefits immediately, as you move out of the heart break phase, and wander out in the real world.
5. Tears Prohibit Allergy
It is actually found that tears reduce the level of inflammatory markers called immunoglobulins , that appear at the site of allergic reaction. Everybody knows that allergic reactions occur due to aggregate response of immune system towards certain foreign substances. It was found that those who cry easily have less pain during allergic reaction and recover much faster. They also have less allergic symptoms.
4. Crying Helps Us Connect
Crying is such a powerful event, that it brings out the real self hidden inside the hard social cover, that you had been wrapping around yourself, all these years. It helps us feel vulnerable, and opens up opportunities for social contact. You may not know the pigeon lady sitting beside you at the park, but when you find her crying one day, you would be compelled to ask her, if everything is alright. you would feel partly responsible, and make her comfy with a hug, and this would open up a chance of contact with an absolute stranger.
3. Tears Kill Bacteria
Tears also act as our eye’s anti-bacterial and anti-viral lotion. Beside the obvious advantage of being free, they fight off all the germs we pick up from public transit, public sinks, and all those places where those little organisms rule over. Tears contain lysozome, which without any argument, is the best anti-germ protection one can have from natural origin. It can kill 90 to 95 percent of germs in just 10 minutes! So screw the doctor, and cry as, Crying a day keeps the Doctor away.
2. Tears Release Feelings
You remember the time when your parents did a round on you, and you ran up to your room, held up that pillow against your head, and cried as loudly you could. The letting go of all those pent-up feelings, then made you realize that it was indeed your fault, and all your parents did was make you feel a little bit more responsible. But is it one way? No, the best part about tears is that it also lets the person opposite to you know that their words had a strong effect on you. So yeah, tears releases all those dark, pent-up, choking emotions inside you, that could have turned into feelings of revenge, or guilt, or depression.
1. Crying Proves That You Are Human
Broadly, the type of tears our eyes experience can be divided into three types i.e. Basal Tears, Emotional Tears and Plain Eye Watering. Basal tears and Eye watering are more like the basic protection mechanisms of our eyes, whereas Emotional tears act like our emotional barrier against sadness, frustration or anger. These tears set us, humans apart, from machines. We can feel the pain of a mother who had lost his son in war. We can feel the happiness of a wife who met his husband after many years. We can, because we want to share feelings, as a human. Tears help us in bridging the gap between two humans.