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When I was a child, crying was frowned upon.

While I was in high school, one of my male classmates cried when someone hit his car by accident. Waves of shock wafted throughout the class as some people talked in hushed tones about his reaction.

Attitudes like this may be changing. I hope they are.

Why Cry?

Crying is important to lighten our hearts after a loss or disappointment. Chemicals that make us feel bad come out through the tears. Tears have different consistencies. Some are wet and running, some are bitter. Some burn as they run down our face. Usually, we feel so much better after a good cry.

Cry your heart out, tears, sad, benefit of tearsCry When Needed

Sometimes it’s hard to start crying. Being in a safe place alone or with supportive loved ones is essential for a good cry. Listening to sad music or watching a sad movie can help prime the pump.

Pets can be remarkably empathetic. My late cat Jewel was like that. She would sit by me as I sobbed, licking the tears from my face.

When a friend of mine was having a hard time at work, he went to the bathroom to cry. That’s a place that is almost always available for privacy.

So, please when you need to, cry your heart out. You’ll feel better afterward.

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Author: Martha Childers

Martha Childers, EdS, LPC is a multicultural psychotherapist specializing in couples, grief and caregiver stress. Martha is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and Kansas. She received her masters and education specialist degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She practiced Zen through a variety of Japanese traditional arts for 3-1/2 years. Since that time, mindfulness has been an integral part of her life. Her interest in human nature, beliefs, and life styles led her to become a counselor.

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