Big girls don’t cry + neither do cowgirls. And there’s definitely no crying in baseball. What exactly do we have against crying? Not only is it good for us emotionally, but even physically.
The US is considered an emotionally expressive culture. With all our PDA + road rage, why is it when someone cries, everyone gets uncomfortable? The average American female gets teary-eyed about five times per month, the average American male, once. Despite this fact that everyone cries, tears seem to make a situation awkward or cause great alarm.
Even though 4/5ths of Americans believe it is important to let out your emotions, only 15% do so often. So many people see crying, especially in men, as a weakness. Let’s stop playing the shame game + allow people to fully open themselves up to feel every emotion. After all, we can’t fully open up to other people if we don’t ourselves. Let that sink in.
Maybe I’m just a little too in touch with my emotions, but it doesn’t take much to make me tear up. A Nicholas Sparks movie, a sad song, reliving old memories in my head, or an insensitive comment has been known to set of waterworks. I may get embarrassed from time to time, but there is something so cathartic about letting the waterworks flow.
We can all admit that we’ve felt better after a good cry. Whether you cried because something bad happened or just let it out while watching a Hallmark movie, it can be rejuvenating. Aside from that feeling, there are more benefits to opening yourself up + letting tears flow:
- Releases toxins
- Kills bacteria
- Lubricates eyes
- Balances your mood
- Improves communication
- Allows access to deeper emotions
- Creates intimacy
So don’t be afraid to let out those feelings. Whether alone, with a friend, or in a movie theater full of other sobbing people watching The Notebook (true story). Need some good trying inspo? Videos of soldiers coming home, kids getting puppies, and Country Strong always get me in a teary mood.
What makes you cry? Tell me in the comments.