Does Crying Make you Feel Better?

Many women may find that having a good cry makes them feel better.  The occasional cry even seems cathartic.  However, this does not seem to be the case, as TIME HEALTHLAND reports.

Recent research has shed some light on the subject of “releasing it all” in a good cry. The study found that for two-thirds of its female participants shedding tears had no effect on their moods.

Jonathan Rottenberg head author of the study, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, states, “Crying is not nearly as beneficial as people think it is.  Only a minority of crying episodes were associated with mood improvement.”

However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel ladies.  If you think that a good cry will make you feel better then by all means go for it.  Research has proven that it won’t make you feel worse and if your mind tells your body that you are releasing stress, frustration, or sadness, then you might have reached the Holy Grail.  Using your mind to make your body feel better!

We recently posted a blog that suggested people who can’t cry have trouble expressing their emotions, which can lead to further frustration, anger, or sadness due to a lack of being understood by others.  In this case crying does seem to have a beneficial quality for humans.

Although, this study revealed that crying did not help a woman’s mood, it was also reported that crying did not make them feel worse either.  30 percent of the participants reported feeling better after a cry opposed to the 9 percent that reported feeling more sad after they cried.

Crying can make you feel better but it can also turn off the opposite sex.  In a past blog research revealed that women’s tears turn men off.  So, in essence it is a double edged sword; crying may make you feel better but it can have the opposite effect on others.

What do you make of all this “crying” research?  Is it good, bad or do you feel  indifferent to it?

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