- Study says crying is beneficial to health because it can relieve emotions, boosts mood and helps in getting rid of toxins in the body
- Researchers proved this by filming a group of 60 volunteers while watching two emotional movies
- Results showed that the mood of the non-criers was unchanged after seeing the films
- Those who cried attested they felt relieved
Crying can relieve emotions, boosts mood and help get rid of toxins in the body.
This was revealed by the result of a recent study led by Dr. Asmir Gracanin of the University of Tilburg, an article written by Sarah Knapton which was published on The Telegraph stated.
To come up with a reliable result, researchers videoed a group of 60 volunteers watching two emotional films– La vita e bella and Hachi; a dog’s tale.
After watching the movies, participants were asked to reflect on how they felt.
Of the 60 participants, 28 have cried during the films while 32 didn’t shed a tear.
Results showed that the mood of the non-criers was unchanged after seeing the films but those who cried buckets of tears have attested that they suddenly felt relieved and an upsurge of happiness came 90 minutes after seeing the movies.
Meanwhile, an article published by Everyday Health mentioned that crying is an effective emotional release.
Part of the article reads: “The main benefit of crying is catharsis, or a purging or purification of your feelings through emotional release. When you cry, you can let go of the tension and sadness and other emotions that have been causing you pain. In many ways, crying serves as a safety valve that allows you to blow off emotions that have built up too much pressure inside you.“
So if you are in pain and emotions overtake you, go ahead and cry. It can be a healthy emotional release, after all.