(Time HealthLand) Study: Crying Won’t Make You Feel Better
There’s something cathartic about having a good cry and “letting it all out,” even if you don’t have anything in particular that’s bringing you down.
Or maybe not. Data published in the Journal of Research in Personality found that shedding tears had no effect on mood for nearly two-thirds of a group of women who kept daily emotion journals.
“Crying is not nearly as beneficial as people think it is,” Jonathan Rottenberg, lead author of the study and an associate professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, told MSNBC’s blog the Body Odd. “Only a minority of crying episodes were associated with mood improvement — against conventional wisdom.”