When you're coming down with a case of the feels, sometimes the only medicine is a day in bed and a cue full of movies to watch if you need a good cry. Huffington Post reports that emotional crying, a type of crying that is triggered by joy or sadness, is beneficial to your health. The publication referenced one Netherlands which found that crying improves a person's mood. In this study, 90 minutes after people were shown a really sad movie, "criers felt much better than their stoic counterparts." And, William H. Frey, a psychologist from St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Centre in Minnesota, has conducted numerous similar tests—adding that the movie Brian’s Song was an exceptional tearjerker among participants. His research suggests that emotional crying relieves stress. "We don’t know what those chemicals are," Frey told Huffington Post. "But we do know that tears contain ACTH, which is known to be increased in stress."
So let the waterworks go, sister.
Curl up with a bottle of Malbec and dark chocolate covered gummy vitamins for adults (has someone made those yet? If not, remember, you heard it here first), and get cozy. When I need a good cry, I prefer for the experience to be a solo venture, but do whatever suits your mood. It's your cry, girl. You earned it. Now enjoy it.