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Reasons to have a good cry

Reasons to have a good cry

Crying – whether it’s tears of joy, frustration anger or sadness can help us feel better. In a piece in The Guardian, an analysis of 140 years of media articles on crying shows that a whopping 94% extol its virtues. 

Although consistent science is missing from the study of adults and crying, these Surveys find that 60 to 70% of people say that crying makes them feel less tense.

There are a number of benefits of specific tears. For example, emotional tears, the plus points range from releasing stress hormones and toxins to relieving stress and pain.

Shedding emotional tears is scientifically proven to release oxytocin and endorphins (that’s why you sometimes feel refreshed or more calm after a good cry).

So, if lockdown is all getting a bit much, maybe watch one of these tear jerkers which always have us in tears, no matter how many times we’ve watched them.Here are just six of our favourites. Which films always have you moved to tears?

Out of Africa is on Netflix  ( 1985 ) Starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, directed by Sydney Pollack won seven Oscars. It’s based on the best selling book by Karen Blixen.
Terms of Endearment is on Amazon Prime ( 1983 ) Stars Jack Nicholson, Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine.
Lion ( 2017 ) is on Amazon Prime and is a true story. The big screen version stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman.
Beaches ( 1988 ) is also on Amazon Prime. It’s directed by Garry Marshall and stars Bette Midler and has a famous soundtrack.
The Pursuit of Happiness ( 2006) is another true story, with the film version starring Will Smith opposite his son, Jaden. Watch it free on Amazon Prime.
The Color Purple ( 1985 ) is based the Pulitzer Prize winning book of the same title. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Whoopi Goldberg, you can watch this free with Amazon Prime.

Want to read more on the subject in a lighter tone? 

This article from Stylist magazine  quotes a clinical psychologist and references scientific studies.  It will also give you an insight into a new book on the subject ’The Crying Book’ by Heather Christie.