Unveiling the secrets behind crying:

Cry is a word, a feeling, a state of emotions which is perceived as a sign of weakness. If someone is crying, they are considered weak, labeled as emotional.

A significant reason for labeling women as weak in comparison to men is that women tend to cry over even the smallest matters and the slightest joys. However, some women manage to control their tears, realizing that they are not weak. To be perceived as strong, they consciously break this habit, doing their best to restrain their emotions. On the other hand, a man is considered strong if he is seen as not crying easily, and his eyes do not shed tears effortlessly, leading to the assignment of the label ‘strong’ to him.But then it would not be wrong to say, according to people’s mindset, that if a man cries even unintentionally, he might be labeled as a weak man. However, have we ever considered that crying is not just for expressing an emotion? It is not only when we feel weak or sad that we cry. A man, a boy, starts fearing things like crying because if he sheds tears even for a significant sorrow, society will make assumptions about him.

Today, lets discuss how just like a girl can cry, a man can cry too. Crying is not just a sign of weakness; rather, it has numerous benefits. Understanding that it is a physiological need, not merely a choice, helps us recognize its importance for our overall well-being.

Lets discuss tears and its types


Tears are the water substance produced by our eyes, serving the purpose of keeping our eyes moist and clean. On average, human releases approximately 3 gallons of tears in a year. Their composition consists of 98% water. The lacrimal glands in the upper corners of each eye produce tears, containing proteins and enzymes that protect our eyes from infections and pathogens.

There are three types of tears;

  1. Basal tears
  2. Reflex tears
  3. Emotional tears

Basal tears:

Basal tears are the ones that continuously reside in our eyes and are released without us even realizing. ‘Basal’ means base, indicating their constant release. Basal tears consist of three layers: the aqueous layer, mucous layer, and lipid layer.

The aqueous layer, containing water and salt, works to keep the eyes moist. The mucous layer covers the conjunctiva, acting as a barrier against bacteria and keeping the eyes lubricated and moist. This layer comes from the meibomian glands, serving as the outermost layer to maintain the surface tension of the eyes, keeping them smooth and preventing evaporation. In essence, basal tears play a crucial role in lubricating the eyes and protecting them from bacteria.

Reflex tears:

Reflex tears, where ‘reflex’ denotes a quick response to a stimulus, occur when something irritates our eyes, leading to an automatic release of tears. Whether it’s dust or the fumes of an onion, these tears are different from basal tears as they are produced by the lacrimal glands to protect the eyes from irritants. When something has the potential to harm our eyes, an immediate signal is sent to the lacrimal glands, triggering the rapid formation of reflex tears. These tears serve as a protective layer for the eyes.

Emotional tears:

Emotional tears, the third type of tears, occur when our emotions come to the surface, such as when you’re feeling sad, happy, afraid, empathetic, or depressed. These tears differ from basal and reflex tears. When we experience any of these emotions, our nervous system signals the lacrimal glands to release emotional tears. They work to control and provide relief to our emotions, often accompanied by an increase in heart rate.

These tears contain stress hormones like ACTH, enkephalin, and endorphins, acting as natural painkillers. This illustrates the importance of these three types of tears for our eyes and overall well-being.

Fact & Benefits of crying:

1.Relieves stress:

Whenever we feel sad or depressed, we tend to cry, and it’s noteworthy that crying often brings a sense of relaxation. Our bodies release endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, providing a feeling of relief when we shed tears.

2.Runny nose:

When we cry, a runny nose often accompanies it, even when simply feeling sad. The biological reason for this is our tear ducts, located in the eyes, where tears exit. These tears pass through the tear ducts and mingle with mucus fluids in the nasal passages, eventually coming out through the nose. This process also contributes to keeping the nose clean.


Our body contains many toxins and harmful chemicals; tears contain antimicrobial agents that help eliminate these toxins from our body. Tears play a role in cleaning our eyes and the overall body.

4.Get rid of infection:

When we refrain from crying for a considerable time, our eyes tend to become dry, causing discomfort and an increased risk of infection. Crying lubricates our eyes, and tears help keep the eyes infection-free.

5.Good sleep:

When we cry, our body releases happy hormones, promoting emotional healing. This leads to a sense of well-being and often results in a good night’s sleep after crying.

6.Changes mood:

Crying is better to makes you feel good and to change your mood from bad to good.So whenever you feel distress ,start cry it would definitely heal you and change your mood.


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