Recently, Ladders weighed in on the “Is it okay to cry at work? debate. After examining a roundup of expert opinions on the subject, we ultimately decided that crying is a cathartic and physiologically beneficial activity, wherever it’s done, even if doing so at your place of work rarely, if ever, advertises a stable and capable employee.
The psychological benefits of crying are well documented. In addition to helping us fight bacteria, release toxins and reduce stress, setting aside some time for a little evening sob can actually help you shed pounds. This fascinating new find comes on behalf of Dr. Aaron Neufeld of the Los Altos Optometric group. Neufeld posits that emotional crying, informed by individual feelings specifically, promotes weight loss by stopping the production of hormones associated with fat storage.
The different tiers of tears
It all has to do with a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is produced in the adrenal glands and is the body’s main stress hormone. Although cortisol is most often associated with our flight or fight response, it plays a huge role in helping us maintain a healthy weight. When we suppress our emotions, the hormone is induced, surging our cravings for fat, sugary foods. Crying, specifically, the production of psychic tears releases toxins that would otherwise heighten cortisol production.
Basal tears, or “basic function tears,” are purposed to keep our eyes moist and reflex tears or “irritation tears” are induced by environmental factors, like smoke or chopped onions. Neither have any bearing on well-being or the reduction of fat. Psychic tears, which are triggered by emotional unrest, prohibit our body from storing additional fat by hindering the production of certain hormones, namely cortisol.
The doctor behind the study published in Asiaone went so far as to recommend we ruminate over failed relationships, and watch sad movies between the hours of 7 and 9 pm, to receive optimal fat reducing crying effects.