Gold, Silver, Bronze Bring Tears of Joy Keep ’em Flowing!

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O.K. ladies, have you shed a tear yet watching the Olympics? How about after Michael Phelps ended his Olympic career with a gold medal and was so choked up he forgot Michael Jordan’s name, that got us. Or when the vivacious Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, who’s life story in Jamaica is an inspiration in itself, nosed her way for the second time to the top of the podium, for the 100 sprint, or when the beautiful Jessica Ennis won the Olympic heptathlon gold for Great Britain after months of pressure and high expectations from her country.

We don’t know these people personally and will probably forget their names tomorrow (except for Michael Phelps, or course) … but most likely millions of people (including us) in the audience shed a tear of joy on their behalf.


Here’s a simple explanation from WebMDs Kathleen Doheny Why Do You Cry?

The ”why” of crying may seem obvious and straightforward: You’re happy or sad. But that’s too simplistic.

”Crying is a natural emotional response to certain feelings, usually sadness and hurt. But then people [also] cry under other circumstances and occasions,” says Stephen Sideroff, PhD, a staff psychologist at Santa Monica–University of California Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital.

For instance, he says, ”people cry in response to something of beauty. There, I use the word ‘melting.’ They are letting go of their guard, their defenses, tapping into a place deep inside themselves.”

Crying does serve an emotional purpose, says Sideroff, also an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. “It’s a release. There is a buildup of energy with feelings.”

What’s in a tear?

We loved this breakdown on the anatomy of a tear from psychiatrist Judith Orloff’s blog on Huffington Post.

Emotional tears have special health benefits. Biochemist and “tear expert” Dr. William Frey at the Ramsey Medical Center in Minneapolis discovered that reflex tears are 98 percent water, whereas emotional tears also contain stress hormones which get excreted from the body through crying. After studying the composition of tears, Dr. Frey found that emotional tears shed these hormones and other toxins which accumulate during stress. Additional studies also suggest that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, our body’s natural pain killer and “feel-good” hormones.”

Tears: Why They Heal

We chose 4  of  7 Good Reasons to Cry: The Healing Property of Tears By
Associate Editor of, which was inspired by  New York Times reporter Benedict Carey’s article “The Miracle of Tears”

1. Tears kill bacteria

Tears contain lysozyme, a fluid that the germ-a-phobic dreams about in her sleep, because it can kill 90 to 95 percent of all bacteria in just five to 10 minutes!

2. Tears remove toxins

Biochemist William Frey, found that emotional tears–those formed in distress or grief–contained more toxic byproducts than tears of irritation (think onion peeling). Are tears toxic then? No! They actually remove toxins from our body that build up courtesy of stress.

3. Crying can elevate mood

Tears can lower a person’s manganese level and overexposure to manganese can cause nervousness, anxiety, irritability, fatigue, aggression, and emotional disturbance. The act of crying can lower a person’s manganese level.

4. Crying lowers stress

Tears really are like perspiration in that exercising and crying both relieve stress. In his article, Bergman explains that tears remove some of the chemicals built up in the body from stress, like the endorphin leucine-enkaphalin and prolactin.



  1. […] 4. Cry if you want to. It’s good for you!  […]

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