S1E11- Did you know that about tears? The science of why we cry

Author Posted On 12 October 2023

Podcast Transcript

Welcome back to Grief Untangled: Untangling the threads of grief, healing, and hope. I'm your host, [Your Name], and today, we're diving into the fascinating topic of tears. More specifically, we'll explore the science behind tears and how they play a crucial role in our grief journey. So, grab a tissue if you must, and let's embark on this emotional exploration.

And yes, I am going to share an interesting personal milestone towards the end of the podcast. So stick around.

Lets get in !!

Section 1: Tears Through the Ages 

 Tears have been a part of the human experience since time immemorial. Our ancient ancestors, just like us, shed tears when they were overwhelmed with grief, pain, or joy. Tears, it seems, are a universal language of emotions.

 The first documented study of tears dates back to the ancient Greeks. Philosophers like Aristotle believed that tears helped to release excessive emotions, thereby purging the body of distress. Fast forward to the 21st century, and scientists are confirming what the ancients discovered: tears indeed serve a vital purpose.

 Let's dive into some remarkable research that sheds light on why we cry.

Section 2: The Three Types of Tears 

 Did you know that there are three distinct types of tears?

 Basal tears keep our eyes moist and nourished, functioning as a protective barrier. Reflex tears form in response to irritants, like dust or chopping onions. But it's the third type, emotional tears, that we'll focus on today.

 Emotional tears contain additional proteins and hormones not found in basal or reflex tears. These tears are a response to intense feelings, and they carry with them an emotional payload. They're the tears we shed when we grieve, when we're moved by beauty, or when we're overwhelmed by sadness.

Section 3: Emotional Healing through Tears 

 Let's get to the heart of the matter: how do tears benefit us during grief?

 Research shows that emotional tears play a vital role in processing and healing from intense emotions. They contain stress hormones that the body wants to expel. When you cry, you're essentially releasing those built-up stressors, promoting emotional well-being.

 A groundbreaking study published in the journal Emotion found that crying can lead to a significant mood improvement. The act of crying can help regulate and process overwhelming emotions, ultimately contributing to a sense of relief and clarity.

Section 4: Tears and Empathy 

 Tears aren't just beneficial for the one shedding them. They're also powerful communicators of our emotional state to others.

 When someone sees tears in your eyes, it often triggers empathy. This empathetic response can strengthen social bonds, as it signals that we need support and understanding. In grief, these bonds can be a lifeline.

Section 5: Tears as a Release Valve 

 Think of crying as a release valve for pent-up emotions. When we grieve, emotions can become overwhelming. Crying helps to dissipate this emotional pressure, making it easier to navigate our feelings and find moments of solace.

Section 6: Tears as a Sign of Strength 

 It's essential to acknowledge that crying is not a sign of weakness but a testament to your emotional strength. It takes courage to face your grief head-on, to allow yourself to feel deeply, and to express those feelings through tears.

 Grief is a profound journey, and crying is one of the tools that can help you navigate its twists and turns. So, embrace your tears as a testament to your resilience and your willingness to heal.

 As we wrap up our exploration, of the science of tears, I would like to invite you to join our upcoming webinar, "6 Vital Elements of Grief." In this webinar we will delve deeper into the complex terrain of grief. You'll find the registration link in the episode description.

It’s time to share the personal milestone which I mentioned at the start of the episode.

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Through my own journey, I've witnessed the power of coaching and the impact it can have on people's lives. "I CAN COACH" is more than just a book; it's a beacon of hope and a call to action for anyone who has ever questioned their potential. It affirms that "You can coach, you can lead, and you can inspire."

Grab your copy on Amazon. You can find the link in the description.

 And finally, Remember, tears are not a sign of weakness. They're the unsung heroes of our emotional journey, carrying the weight of our grief and helping us find the path to healing.

 Thank you for tuning in to Grief Untangled. Until next time, this is Coach DD.. signing off

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