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Offline auroraChloeTopic starter

the biology of tears
« on: May 12, 2014, 07:59:18 PM »
Emotional tears have protein-based hormones including the neurotransmitter leucine enkephalin, which is a natural painkiller that is released when we are stressed.

so when we need a 'good cry', it makes sense that we DO feel better after. 

more article here, with images
or the original project link.

"Tears of elation at a liminal moment"

Offline Thesunmaid

Re: the biology of tears
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2014, 01:56:55 AM »
I will show this to my hubby...He worries about me sometimes because I do suffer from depression. But sometimes I will cry at a sad movie or sometimes just when I need to let emotions out and I usually feel better after. And its not always depression..sometimes I am angry or frustrated. Thanks for this :)

Offline auroraChloeTopic starter

Re: the biology of tears
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2014, 08:42:12 AM »
*nods*  you know, we also have something called the vagus nerve.  why we cry at movies (... or some touching commercials even.  ::) )

i heard about it first in therapy a long time ago, but again while watching the documentary I Am, which i highly recommend.  here is a link to more on the vagus nerve from The Greater Good Science Center.