Not to be dramatic, but I cry a lot. It’s not a bad thing, it just happens. I am emotional and get upset over little things like Harry Potter or seeing a cute dog and I start crying. Chances are, I’m probably doing it right now. Crying sometimes has a weird stigma, like people believing that only emotional, “crazy” women cry or that it’s a sign of weakness – it is not, FYI. So then what does it actually mean? For someone who does it a lot, I still don’t really understand it! What are tears, anyway? What makes someone want to cry? How does it actually affect your body? Can you die from too much crying (Answer: no)?! But there are a lot of things that happen to your body when you cry, and they’re pretty good to know the next time you’re watching The Notebook and water just so happens to start leaking from your eyes.
I did some investigating about crying, and I came up with some pretty interesting facts about my favorite pastime (JK. Sort of). Honestly, the human body is amazing, and we should all take a little more time to get to know more about how our emotions and mental states can actually affect our physical bodies. To start, take a look at these weird things that happen to your body when you cry so that the next time you start bawling uncontrollably, you can at least feel a little smarter.
Your Tears Can Work As MedicineWait, what? I mean, tears aren't exactly like taking an antibiotic, but some studies have shown that tears actually can have a similar effect as certain medicines. Tears are known to contain lysozyme, which can act as an antibacterial agent, which can help prevent sicknesses like the common cold! So keep in mind, the best time to cry is flu season. Image Source: iStock
Hormones Are Sent To Your EyesWhen you feel a cry coming on, that feeling is caused by a hormone that is released through the endocrine system, which signals to your eyes that it's time to to produce tears. So, as if you weren't upset enough, your body releases more hormones to signal to your body that it's time for the waterworks. Image Source: iStock
Your Body Goes Into Fight Or Flight ModeEven if you're "happy crying" about some good news, your body still releases a stress hormone called cortisol, which can make you super aware of your surroundings. The feeling that cortisol gives you is often referred to as the "Fight Or Flight" emotion, where you start feeling a ton of emotions at once. Image Source: iStock
You Get A Lump In Your ThroatHave you ever noticed that it's hard to swallow when you cry? That's a phenomena known as the Globus Sensation that makes you feel a giant lump in your throat. No one is quite sure why it happens, but it can be attributed to anxiety or excitement caused by crying. Image Source: iStock
It Can Turn Guys OffObviously, the site of a girl crying is not the biggest turn on to guys. Studies have shown that the sight and even smell of women's tears can make a guy's sex drive go down. I mean, you probably don't want to be having sex while you're crying anyway, right? Image Source: iStock
Your Body Releases EndorphinsYou know how crying can feel a little bit like a workout? That's because your body releases endorphins when you cry, which is the same hormone that is released after a workout. The good news is that this can help reduce pain and improve your mood. So, sometimes, you do just need to cry it out.Your Body Releases Endorphins Image Source: iStock
Your Body Produces A Lot More Tears Than You ThinkEven if you don't cry every day, you still produce five to 10 ounces of tears every day. Instead of going out your eyes, they actually can filter out through your nose. That's right, your nose cry too! JK. Image Source: iStock
Which of these facts surprised you the most? Tell us in the comments!