It’s easy to get so wrapped up in the act of crying that we forget the purpose of our tears – to communicate our innermost feelings and emotions to others in our lives, no matter how close or far they may be from us. Yet the deepest cries of sorrow can’t help but be felt by those around us, no matter how much distance there may be between them and us; this is why sincerity speaks volumes, even when it’s not accompanied by words.
The act of crying
There are few things in this world that are more powerful than the act of crying. Tears are an essential part of the grieving process, and they also have an important role to play in healing. Tears express emotions that we cannot verbally articulate, and they release chemicals that help us feel better. For many people, tears serve as a natural pain reliever and can even be used as a form of self-soothing when we’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed.
The science behind tears
We all know the power of tears to release feelings or just to get something out in the open. But what’s really going on when we cry? Tears are the result of our eyes producing an oily, salty fluid. In most cases, this fluid is produced by our lacrimal gland (a small structure near our nose). When we cry, the lacrimal gland releases more than just oil and salt–it also produces hormones called lacrimin and serotonin. These hormones regulate emotions like happiness and sadness, which may explain why crying can lead to feelings of relief or catharsis.
The power of vulnerability
Vulnerability is one of the most powerful tools we have. It’s scary as hell to let go and be vulnerable, but it always ends up being worth it. No matter what, vulnerability heals us in some way or another. When we are open and honest about our feelings, thoughts, and emotions with people who care about us, they have the opportunity to come alongside us in our time of need. For example, when my friend told me she had been sexually assaulted by her boyfriend I felt like my heart dropped into my stomach. I wanted to take away her pain so badly that I was willing to do anything for her–I would have given up all my money if it meant she could feel better again.
Why we cry
Crying is something that we do as humans to show our vulnerability. It is also an indicator that you are in pain, or stressed. We cry when we are happy. We cry when we are sad. We cry when we get cut off on the highway and someone flips us off for it. There’s not just one reason why people cry, but many reasons why it can happen–and sometimes, those reasons don’t even matter because crying has its own power that shouldn’t be ignored.
When to hold back the tears
There are so many times in life that we have to keep ourselves together, when the only thing we want to do is break down. Whether it’s for somebody else’s benefit or our own, it can be difficult to stay strong. But there are also those moments when letting your emotions out is a very therapeutic experience. It’s not always easy, but sometimes crying can actually help you feel better. It may seem strange to think that shedding tears could make you happy again, but there’s something so cathartic about just giving yourself permission to release all your pent up emotions that it often has that effect on people. Just being able to let go and be fully vulnerable with someone else can create an intimate bond and make you feel seen and understood in a way that nothing else can.
Letting it all out
A sincere and heartfelt cry will never go unanswered. This is because sincerity speaks volumes, and your cry will resonate with the world. Allow your voice to rise above all the noise, show that you are not afraid to stand up for what is right, and be heard. Your cry can be used as fuel for change and hope for those who need it most.