10. It releases pain-relieving endorphins
People often report feeling lighter and calmer after crying, and it’s scientifically proven that the act of weeping does elevate your mood. This, as previously mentioned, is due to the production of endorphins triggered by the endocrine system when we shed tears. Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers and are known as the “feel-good” hormone. When released, endorphins offer a positive feeling, ranging from mild pleasure to a euphoric high. During crying sessions, they help to balance out the tumultuous emotions raging throughout one’s body and can even lift one’s overall mood. Endorphins also have analgesic properties, which means they are able to block pain signals from reaching the brain. This indicates that crying while in the midst of emotional distress can actually help ease physical pain as well. More and more, science is showing that tears are both an emotional as well as physical balm, so when you feel the need to cry, just let it all out!