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5 surprising health benefits of crying

We've all been there: You've had a long day at school, your parents are bugging you and finally, it all comes pouring out in the form of tears. While this might seem like a bad sign, researchers have found evidence that crying actually provides a variety of health benefits. Below are just a few reasons to set aside any shame or embarrassment and just let it all out the next time you need to.

1. When you cry, you're letting out more than just your feelings
You know how sometimes people joke that they're just sweating through their eyes when they cry? Well, they're actually not too far off. Crying is one of the ways your body rids itself of stress hormones and other toxins as well as any debris on the surface of the eye.

2. Crying can actually improve your mood
It may sound counterintuitive, but studies have shown that crying is a form of self-soothing perhaps more effective than any anti-depressant. It really does help you let release your emotions in a healthy way.

3. Tears can be something to bond over
When you cry in front of others, it provides the interpersonal benefit of clueing them into your emotional state. That way, they can provide the support you need. Furthermore, your vulnerability and the shared experience can strengthen your relationships.

4. It literally helps diminish your pain
Crying releases oxytocin and other hormones that help decrease physical and emotional pain, putting you in a calmer state in the process.

5. Tears can help kill bacteria
Studies have shown that tears contain the fluid lysozyme, which has antimicrobial properties. This means that your tears actually have the power to kill pesky germs!

What benefits have you experienced from crying? Share in the comments below!

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by Katherine Logan | 12/13/2017
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