It would be acceptable if we occasionally gave in to a good cry since life is difficult (especially when you add a global health pandemic and cost of living crises into the mix). But according to recent research, a significant section of the British population doesn’t cry very often—more than a quarter haven’t shed a tear in more than a year. Furthermore, one in six of us has never sobbed or, at the very least, cannot recall the last time they did.
The study, which included 2,000 UK adults, also discovered that sobbing differs across the sexes, with almost one in five men (18%) reporting they don’t cry or don’t recall crying, while almost a quarter of men (24%) said they last sobbed for more than two minutes.
While all of that may conceptually sound like the stiff upper lip, big boys don’t cry mentality of the British, it does suggest that individuals who aren’t letting the tears flow may be missing out on a vast array of physical and mental health benefits. Dr. Elena Touroni, a consultant psychologist and co-founder of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic, claims that crying causes the production of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, which the body uses to rid itself of extra toxins and stress hormones.
And this process can have some significant benefits for our wellbeing, sometimes having an effect similar to laughter. 88.8% of people report feeling better after weeping, which University of South Florida researchers attribute in part to the fact that crying allows the chemicals that have built up in the body to be released. 88.8% of people report feeling better after crying, according to research from the University of South Florida. Crying aids in the release of hormones that accumulate in our systems during stressful situations.
When we are upset, crying can have a calming impact by allowing us to control our emotions “Sujata Paul, an optician and the clinical services lead at Lenstore, describes how the study was carried out. “Oxytocin and endorphins, two “feel good chemicals” that uplift mood and alleviate both physical and mental pain, are released as a result of crying.