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5 Things About Crying

Crying is an emotional release and if you feel the need to cry you should let it out. Here are a few facts about the act of crying. I thought they were interesting, so of course I wanted to share.

  1. Emotional tears have a different chemical composition than tears caused by irritants, such as onions.
  2. Crying in public was considered normal until the Industrial Revolution, when diligent unemotional workers were needed to operate machinery.
  3. Men’s tear ducts are smaller than women’s tear ducts.
  4. One major stress hormone released from the body via tears, prolactin, is found in much higher concentration in women's bodies than in men's. (This makes sense when you consider that the hormone is also implicated in the synthesis of breast milk).
  5. In Japan, crying for emotional release is all the rage, or so reports the Independent. The Japanese call it the "crying boom" - everyone wants a bit of sadness in their lives. Instead of going to a karaoke bar after work to wind down, businesspeople watch weepy films (called "tear films") at these crying clubs. There is also a huge demand for sad TV dramas and books, each graded by its ability to induce tears.

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krisua krisua 10 years
Is this true about Japanese..?
Shpohlc Shpohlc 10 years
thats pretty interesting
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Interesting.
melda melda 10 years
oh yea septemberlights I just sleep after crying!
ikitty13 ikitty13 10 years
cool article.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 10 years
How many calories does crying burn? I always feel so tired afterwards...
melda melda 10 years
I cry almost every night because my mom is diabetic and she's depressed I live with her she cries a lot and it makes me really sad
z0mbieFck z0mbieFck 10 years
the only time i ever really cry is during disney/animated/cartoon movies....oh! and the notebook, other than that, i don't cry much.
sunsophia sunsophia 10 years
I am a cry baby... this sort of makes me feel better ^^
scandalousxshann scandalousxshann 10 years
who ever knew crying was so dramatic?
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
how odd! i know what you mean crying makes you SO tired and i almost always fall asleep...like when my mom told me my cat was basically dying...i cried for hours off and on and then went to sleep :( kind of odd. ...maybe its me
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 10 years
That one about Japan is so odd. Why would you want to cry? I stay away from sad movies!
jessica08317 jessica08317 10 years
the crying boom in japan..oh boy.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
I never really understood why crying makes you so incredibly exhausted (like, if you spent the better part of a day crying about something really sad). I always feel like the life has been sucked out of me afterwards and end up sleeping for ages (ok now it sounds like I have crying fits all the time! I really don't!).
JBlondie JBlondie 10 years
I agree lifer! Weird.
lifer_refil lifer_refil 10 years
Crying clubs? Wow.
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