We are so used to people telling us that we should avoid bad times that we sometimes forgot to cry. And it is actually good, very good, to cry.
Our body produces more than 100 liters of tears a year, which has numerous benefits for human beings.
It releases toxins
Crying cleans our body, with the tears expelling substances that raise cortisol levels, which is the hormone that causes stress. Which is why, even if the problem hasn’t gone away, we always feel better after a good cry.
In fact, a study by the University of Florida proved that crying can improve our mood better than any chemical antidepressant.
It kills bacteria
Tears contain an enzyme called lysozyme, which destroys the walls of bacteria cells.
It improves eyesight
Logically, producing tears cleans and hydrates our eyes, getting rid of any dirt and dust particles that may be in them.
In Japan, there are companies that have group therapy sessions in which they use videos to make attendees cry. And they do it in a group because they have proved that it more easily relieves tensions than doing it alone.
So yes: we have to be happy. But when you want to cry, let the tears flow, and you’ll be fine.