Crying soothes the soul

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 February, 2011, 12:00am

People cry because of a lot of reasons. They cry when they are worried, they cry when they break up with their boyfriend or girlfriend, they cry because of the poor results ... I cry easily and I just can't stop myself from crying all the time.

Last time I cried when I was reading Charlotte's Web. I cried because I was touched by Charlotte's loyalty. She was a true friend.

I don't think crying is a problem - it's just a way of expressing my feelings. I believe even the toughest people have cried. Crying is a kind of relief. Although it won't solve your problems, you will feel better. I think crying is good therapy.

Janet Ho Sze-hang, Carmel Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Janet. Crying is a very interesting subject. You're quite right when you say that everybody has cried at some time or another. Many people wonder, though, why we cry. The human body is a wonderful thing. It constantly looks for ways to heal, and crying when you're emotionally upset allows this to happen. Often people remark that crying is like washing your soul. It definitely does make you feel better.

Scientists say shedding tears can help people feel better because it lowers manganese levels in the body. High manganese levels can cause anxiety and stress. So the body corrects this imbalance.

Of course, it also brings the crier help and sympathy - most times anyway.

As you get older you will learn to control your emotions because often you don't want people to see how vulnerable you are. But, until then, weep away!

Susan, Editor