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Why do we cry when we are happy?

Why do we cry when we are happy?

Do you cry when you are sad? It's pretty common. You've undoubtedly done it yourself a few times. Perhaps you have screamed in anger or frustration, or you have seen others do it. But there is another kind of weeping tears that you may be familiar with. Those are happy tears. Of course, you've seen it in many movies and TV shows, but if you've ever been overwhelmed with excitement or a sense of accomplishment, you've probably shed tears of joy as well. Tears of joy can be embarrassing, especially if weeping is equated with a negative emotion. Nevertheless, they are perfectly normal. Happy tears can happen to anyone affected by their emotions, as there is no age or gender limit.

    Crying helps control strong emotions.

    Most people view sadness, anger, and frustration as negative emotions. People want to be happy overall and it will be difficult to find someone who thinks happiness is bad. So, why are there so many tears of joy? Happiness has one thing in common with other emotions. Positive or unpleasant, both can be somewhat strong.

    Heterogeneous expression

    He reveals his heterogeneous expressive power with happy tears. Dimorphous refers to "two forms" in this context. These verses all come from the same source, but appear in different ways. Of course, you don't want to hurt your cat or kitten by squeezing them. And adults prefer to love and hold babies rather than consume them. So, this intense outburst of emotion may seem strange at first, but there is a simple explanation. My senses are so strong I don't know what to do with it.

    Find a happy medium

    Not being able to control your emotions can have disastrous consequences. Mood changes or unexpected outbursts are common in people who struggle with regulating their emotions on a daily basis. In a sense, these joyful tears protect you by bringing a little balance to strong emotions that could otherwise harm your mental well-being. In other words, sobbing can help calm you down when you feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start.

    Tears help you communicate with others.

    You have a message for anyone who can see you when you cry for whatever reason. Crying communicates to others that your emotions are overwhelming, which may indicate that you need help or comfort.

    However, even if you are completely satisfied, you may need help. According to a 2009 study, you want to connect with people through intense emotions like pleasure, excitement, and even love.

    Humans are largely social beings. For better or for worse, this social nature can play a role in the need to share emotional experiences and seek solidarity and comfort. "Please share this beautiful moment." Happy sobbing can be one way.

    According to the authors of the study mentioned above, tears can convey the scale or meaning of important events like graduations, weddings, and reunions.

    It's been scientifically proven that crying makes you feel better.

    Many people are afraid to cry even when they are happy. If you're lucky enough to be touched in public, your nose is stuffed, your head hurts, and other people's usual looks.

    Hormone of happiness

    Crying releases endorphins and oxytocin. This hormone can help relieve pain, improve mood, and overall well-being.

    Because tears can also help you find comfort and support from others, crying can improve your sense of connection, which can improve your mood and overall well-being.

    Shouting out despair or anger can help relieve these feelings and make the situation seem less serious.

    However, oxytocin, endorphins, and social support can amplify your senses when you cry for joy and make you feel better.

    Emotional liberation

    It is also worth mentioning that many pleasant opportunities do not arise by chance. Getting married, having children, graduating from high school or college, and getting the job you want are all difficult. You have undoubtedly invested a lot of time, patience and effort to achieve these goals.

    This labor, however rewarding, was almost certainly stressful. Crying in this case can be the ultimate catharsis or liberation from tension. Your brain may be puzzled.

    Another hypothesis

    According to reliable sources about pleasurable crying, these tears are caused by the brain's inability to distinguish between strong emotions.

    The hypothalamus sends signals to the nervous system to help regulate emotions. But because you don't know, you don't tell your nervous system what you're feeling. Recognize that emotions can be so strong that it can be difficult to control.

    Helping you respond to stress is one of the many important roles of the nervous system. When faced with danger, the sympathetic nervous system prepares to fight or flee.

    The parasympathetic branch of the nervous system helps to calm the mind after the danger has passed.

    When the hypothalamus sends a signal "Hey, we're overloaded here", the nervous system understands that it has to respond.

    But something strange has been bothering me for the past few months. Getting married was the happiest period of my life, even despite the months of frenzied preparation and nightmares leading up to the big day.

    Most of us have been told that crying is good for us: it makes us feel better when we are unhappy, it removes stress and toxins, and so on. So, without a doubt, why was I crying on the best day of my life?

    The problem is that my tiny almond-sized hypothalamus doesn't detect if I'm happy or unhappy, overloaded or anxious. You can't even tell the two apart. It only knows that it is receiving strong neural signals from the amygdala, which records our emotional responses, and that it must engage the autonomic nervous system in response.

    The sympathetic ("fight or flight") and parasympathetic ("rest and digest") branches of the autonomic nervous system (the "involuntary" nervous system) fall into two categories ("rest and digest"). . The sympathetic nervous system, activated by the hypothalamus (left), is to move the body when stressed. That's why we sweat, why we don't feel hungry, and why our pulse speeds up. On the other hand, the parasympathetic nervous system effectively returns us to a relaxed state.


    Emotional sobbing can be a reflex reaction to the uncontrolled world around us. Annoyance and pain, or the overwhelming joy of hearing the good news. It would have been strange if he wanted to continue walking down the aisle, but turned around and went down the aisle again. 

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    Jennifer Holloway

    Jennifer Holloway

    Jennifer Holloway lives in Denton, TX with her husband Rob. She has two adorable, rambunctious daughters and a husband who is patient, sweet and understanding. She’s also an avid reader who loves to write about the characters that inhabit her imagination. Holloway loves to spend time in the outdoors, with her family and friends, or reading. She has a degree in English with a minor in Philosophy from the University of North Texas.

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