“There’s no crying in baseball!” Too true, Tom Hanks (in “A League of Their Own”), but maybe there should be. Apparently, balling our eyes out is super healthy for us. In an article by Meghan Krein on Divine Caroline, William Frey, a biochemist at the University of Minnesota, says there are three different types of tears: continuous, reflex, and emotional. Continuous tears keep our eyes moist. Reflex tears are the reaction we have while chopping onions. Finally, there are emotional tears, which let loose when you watch “Terms of Endearment” or “Ordinary People” (those get us every time), or during a huge fight with your partner. This melodramatic sodium chloride contains an adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) – it’s similar to the stress-reactive toxin that’s released when you sneeze or sweat. That’s why you feel 10 times better after a good cry. So next time you’re overly stressed or down-in-the-mouth, turn on the waterworks; the faster you open those flood gates, the sooner you’ll feel rejuvenated. And the tissue companies will cry tears of joy.
via Divine Caroline