Posts Tagged ‘stress’

How Sad Tears Are Different Than Normal Tears (and Why That’s Good)

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

Bawling your eyes out might be more than mentally good for you. It might also help you physically, says neurologist Elizabeth Reid.

Emotional tears contain much more protein than our continuous lubricating tears do. Some researchers think that, just as our kidneys cleanse our blood, so our tears cleanse us of certain emotion-related waste products.


She reveals that fascinating tidbit in this week’s featured article, “Stress and Your Health: 10 Q&As With Experts.” You’ll also learn that yes, you can worry yourself sick—and optimism may boost your immune system.

Stress is plain bad for you. Being in a good mood? Just call that one of nature’s preventive medications.

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