In our culture, people crying is a sign of weakness. Crying, as it turns out, is actually rather good for you. According to Dr. William H. Frey II, PhD:
“Crying is not only a human response to sorrow and frustration, it’s a healthy one. Crying is a natural way to reduce emotional stress that, left unchecked, has negative physical affects on the body, including increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and other stress-related disorders.”
So how is it that crying shows our strength?
1. You don’t hide from your emotions.
And that’s an incredible strength in itself. It’s easy to swallow your emotions. It’s the easiest thing to do. What’s hard is facing down your emotions.
2. You don’t care what others think.
3. You know it helps.
You know how it feels. Crying lets out pent up feelings which can bog us down if we let them sit. It helps keep your nervous system in check as well as dispel any thoughts that aren’t useful to you.
4. Crying makes you healthier.
Crying is more than just letting out feelings. It can actually decreasae anxiety and depression by releasing feel-good hormones and lowering your manganese levels.
5. You help others feel more comfortable.
When you’re open about crying, you show that it’s perfectly normal and natural to do. You’re setting a trend. You’re being a leader.
Do you find yourself crying a lot? Let us know in the comments below!
This article was originally posted on Higher Perspective.