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Crying can lift mood

HealthBy Sunday World
Crying can lift mood

It's been emotional in showbiz-land recently: Perrie Edwards came over all weepy during a Little Mix concert last week (we blame you, Zayn Malik) and Kelly Clarkson broke down in tears when she made her pregnancy announcement on stage. But while it might seem a bit embarrassing to have a blub in public, scientists are saying turning on the waterworks will actually make you feel much better.

Researcher Asmir Gracanin, from Tilburg University in the Netherlands, believes crying may release feel-good hormone oxytocin, giving you a boost after blubbing. Another theory is that people work even harder to be upbeat after a weep.

To prove their theory, 60 men and women were asked to watch two sad films while being videoed. Before and after the movie, they were asked how they felt.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale proved a real tearjerker, with 60 per cent of participants crying at the tale of a college professor's bond with an abandoned dog. Comedy-drama Life Is Beautiful made 45 per cent of participants cry.

It seems men are still trying to act macho, as the tape showed more women weeping.

When asked about their moods after, participants who didn't cry reported feeling no different. Those who did sob initially felt sadder, but 20 minutes after the end of the film their mood was up again. Fast forward an hour and the criers felt better than ever.

If feel-good oxytocin isn't the trigger, it could be a clever trick of the mind. The report in the journal of Motivation and Emotion says volunteers could have been trying harder to cheer up or simply may have perceived themselves as happier, as their mood had dipped and risen so quickly.

The scientists' overall conclusion? "A good cry might go a long way to make you feel better."

So if you've had a bit of a rough day, try switching off with a weepy film and having a good old sob - it could prove cathartic!

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