In a very interesting and insightful (‘see’ what I did there) (better still, see what I did there) article in Men’s Health that looked into the complexities of crying and tears, came a very interesting piece of info on the complex, and yet common practice of crying, and tears.
Tear expert Dr. William Frey from the Ramsey Medical Centre in Minneapolis found that tears resulting from anger or stress contained stress hormones such as cortisol. The theory here is that you are literally crying away the stress in the form of cortisol tears (at least to some degree). So it seems that this type of crying really is a ‘good release’!
Dr. Frey also established that tears contained some of the feel good hormones, endorphins. This finding goes some way to explaining why we feel refreshed and happier after a good old cry. You see, it’s not always good to be macho and keep tears in!
Men’s Health, (2014). The weird science behind why we cry. Retrieved 11th December, 2014, from http://www.menshealth.com/health/why-we-cry?adbid=10154872698610207&adbpl=fb&adbpr=56916320206&cid=socBL_20141209_36926697