Rea­sons cry­ing is good for your health

Jamaica Gleaner - - HEALTH -

AC­CORD­ING TO re­search, the next time you feel the urge to cry a river, don’t hold back. Go ahead and let go. Just cry and cry and cry un­til you get it all out of your sys­tem and you be­gin to feel much bet­ter. Why? Be­cause cry­ing has proven to be very good for your health.

In fact, cry­ing is one of the best ther­a­peu­tic reme­dies there is.

Neu­ro­sci­en­tist and tear re­searcher Dr Wil­liam H. Frey II, PhD, the di­rec­tor of the Alzheimer’s Re­search Cen­ter at Re­gions Hospi­tal in St Paul, Min­nesota in the United States, has spent more than 15 years study­ing cry­ing and tears and he has re­leased his find­ings in a re­search pa­per.

“Cry­ing is not only a hu­man re­sponse to sor­row and frus­tra­tion, it’s a healthy one,” Frey said.

He has found that 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.

The study re­vealed that:

I85 per cent of women and 73 per cent of men felt less sad and an­gry after cry­ing.

On av­er­age, women cry 47 times a year, men cry seven times a year.

Cry­ing bouts last six min­utes on av­er­age.

Tears are more of­ten shed be­tween 7 and 10 p.m.

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Be­cause un­al­le­vi­ated stress can in­crease the risk for heart at­tack and dam­age cer­tain ar­eas of the brain, hu­mans’ abil­ity to cry has sur­vival value, Frey said.

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