The benefits of crying

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Why cry? - Crying can benefit both your body and your mind. But how, exactly?

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Continuous tears - Continuous tears lubricate your eyes and help protect them from infection. 

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Crying helps to self-soothe - According to many psychologists, crying may be one of your best mechanisms to self-soothe.

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Crying dulls pain - When we cry for long periods, our bodies release oxytocin and endogenous opioids, otherwise known as endorphins.

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Crying improves mood - Research suggests that along with helping to ease pain, crying, specifically sobbing, may even improve your mood.

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Cool down - When you cry, you often take in several quick breaths of cool air. Breathing in cooler air can help regulate and even lower the temperature of your brain. 

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Crying helps you recover from grief - It's never easy getting your heart around the death of a loved one, and crying is often an important part of the grieving process.

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Crying also helps a baby sleep - Crying may also help babies breathe better at night.

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Grown-up tears - Put simply, crying improves communication. Grown-up tears, like vocal sobs, mainly convey the message that they are in need of someone's help. 

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Happy crying helps relax the body - A level of heightened arousal due to positive feelings can lead to crying, so- called tears of joy. 

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How much should you cry? - There are no guidelines for how much crying is too much. Frequency can vary dramatically by age, culture, and sex.

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Crying lowers blood pressure - If you need to cry, do it. Holding back the tears can increase heart rate and blood pressure. 

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