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Crying Can Be Healthy

 

Being scared makes us cry too.

Being scared makes us cry too.

Crying is not a sign of weakness, but rather of strength.

 

Our little kids cry when scared of Santa. We cry from grief of losing a loved one, we cry when we feel the brunt of injustice, we may cry when stress of daily living becomes too much, and at times, we cry when we see or hear something that really strikes our funny bone and starts us laughing non-stop. Crying can be healthy and these tears are like a safety valve for our emotions, freeing us to go forward with our life. So if you need to, go ahead and cry and never feel ashamed! Just don’t let grieving take over your life…there’s still joy for you in this world.

Tears Help Us To Cope With Living

Crying is never a sign of weakness. The tears we shed helps us to cope with grief, hurt, anger, stress and sometimes, laughter. This “safety valve” keeps us healthy, and able to go on with our lives after events that shake our world. Crying is one of the things we can do that help us to survive the hard roads, of life. It is no coincidence that we have a longer life span than most other animals, since we are able to express and release our feelings with tears.

Is Crying A Form Of Manipulation?

Tears can be used as a form of manipulation. Ask any person who wanted to get their way as children, if they ever cried to get something he or she wanted, and if they’re honest, chances are the answer is yes. Because even as children we learn that whenever we express our pain, hurt feelings, sorrow, others want to help us overcome those feelings. Nobody likes to see a little kid cry, so we either talk them out of it, find a way to distract them or figure out what it is they want and give it to them. Too often, it’s the latter that we do and they learn that it works.

But Not All Tears Are Manipulation

So how can we determine what are genuine feelings and what are used for a purpose? It depends on how well we know the person first of all, and then on the situation. If there is something the person gains by expressing sorrow and tears, then it’s probably manipulation. But if it’s truly a case of just needing comfort, from grieving over a loved one’s death or the loss of a relationship that meant everything, you can pretty well figure it’s real. Crying from stress and tears of anger are usually more short lived than those from grief.

I Laughed Until I Cried

Probably the greatest feeling in the world is to laugh until you cry. Some comedians are very adept at causing this sort of laughter, and yet they, themselves, have an emotional, tearful side, that’s hidden very well, while causing others to laugh. A perfect example is the late Robin Williams, who could not stop being “on” for a small audience, for even a few moments. His aim in life seemed to be to get others to laugh, because while they were laughing he felt less pain inside.

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 The tears of grief………..

The only person who is immune to grief, is someone who has not loved. If you’ve never truly loved a person or a pet, you can’t know grief. When we grieve over deceased loved ones and pets, we’re actually grieving our loss, because we don’t have them anymore. We grieve for those we don’t even know, ones lost in national tragedies such as the events of September 11, 2001, when the insanity of a few took the lives of so many. We can mourn without the appearance of tears, but the act of crying is a natural part of the process of grieving. The release of pent up emotion allows us to move forward with our lives.

Angel grieving over the loss of a loved one

Angel grieving over the loss of a loved one

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Red Skelton knew…laughter is the best cry of all

If you have to have tears, this is the best way to cry of all….laugh until you cry! Funny movies, jokes, etc., can set off our “funny bone,” causing us to laugh until it’s difficult to draw a breath, and the tears are streaming down our face. This is a very welcome cry…which doesn’t last long, but sure is enjoyable while you experience it. Laughter has also been called “the best medicine,” because those who are suffering from chronic or acute conditions may feel better if they can have a good laugh once a day. Comedian Red Skelton always made me laugh even during the worst of times. Comedians or movies that can give you an honest, from-the-gut laugh are the tools to help you get through bad times, because laughter gives you relief from pain.

 

A hearty laugh might produce tears

A hearty laugh might produce tears

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