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Cry your eyes out though not literally!

Crying is our most common response to situations that sadden, overwhelm, make happy, tire or stress us. In fact to most of us, it is a means to relieve our emotions and gain composure from a distressed or emotion-packed self.


“…you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit.”
― Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning


There are in fact three types of tears that stream down our face at some point or the other in our life. They are Basal tears, Reflex tears and Emotional tears.

Basal Tears
the tear film protects through a covering of the surface of the eye at all times. These tears contain an anti-viral agent called lysozyme which lubricate the eye and help it to function properly.

Reflex Tears
these are tears triggered by emotion, irritation or irritant substances. It is similar to basal tears.

Emotional Tears
emotions that cause someone to be teary-eyed trigger crying in an individual. Some emotions cause the glands to produce tears and in the process of excreting these hormones, the body tends to become calmer.

A discovery was made by an expert, Dr. William Frey who studies tears. He believed that tears which arose out of emotions included a great number of toxins and as these emotions leaves the body through our tears; these toxins leave the body too.

The powers of tears go further than this. Tears are known to enable good vision as it moist the eyes and prevent dehydration of our various mucous membranes. It is an unknown fact, No Tears, No Seeing!

Did you also know that crying helps improve the mood? Sometimes, in moments of despair all we need is a way to let out and if one can through tears, it is quite relieving not just to emit the emotions but also to de-stress.

The most significant part of crying is the ability to display emotions and probably communicate. An individual that feels the need to express and communicate on facing overwhelmed situations may find a private release through tears. It is probably one’s own way of soothing the soul and comforting the heart.


The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep.
- Henry Maudsley


So, when you feel like crying, don’t hold back those tears for it’s not just your heart that needed comforting but just maybe your eyes needed that cleansing too.

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