Humans cry for many reasons, but some of the most common reasons why humans cry are as a response to intense emotions such as sorrow, joy, and fear. We can also cry when we are overwhelmed with emotion or when we feel helpless in the face of life’s challenges.
Tears are the body’s way of releasing emotions; they provide comfort, express grief and give us an outlet for our deepest feelings. In many cultures crying is seen as a sign of vulnerability and strength, allowing us to create a connection and find solace.
Additionally, research has shown that our tears contain hormones and other chemical components which can have physical and psychological effects. Biochemically, crying can help us feel better as it releases stress hormones, Prolactin, which can create a calming effect, as well as Leucine Enkephalin, which acts as a natural pain reliever.
Psychologically, crying can provide catharsis, meaning a release from stress, anxiety, and sadness.