Crying to Your Favorite Sad Songs Is Good for You

Crying is a great way to release any pent-up emotions and, according to new research, significantly lift your mood. All you need is a sad song with tears running down it.

Research published in Scientific Reports suggests that making yourself cry to a sad song is a useful way to calm down and feel really good. According to researchers Kazuma Mori and Makoto Iwanaga, the participants felt that shedding tears to the sad melodies was a combination of sadness, pleasure, and psychophysiological tranquility. If you’ve ever watched a sad movie or something else, you are probably familiar with this feeling. Emotions are real and difficult to deal with at the moment, but you come out on the other side, feeling that the pressure has been released.

The key is to find a song that always brings a lump in your throat and makes your eyes sparkle all the time. Research says songs that give you goosebumps and chills don’t necessarily get rid of it, as they are usually perceived as happy and sad. You want a melody that leans more towards sadness and really kicks off the waterworks. Better yet, do what I did and put together a whole playlist of songs that really thrill your emotions.

If you’re having a busy week, disappear somewhere, put on your headphones and let the music hit you right in your heart. Think of all those tears rolling down your cheeks as an emotional sneeze. Once it’s over, you can go back to your day feeling much better. Gesundheit!

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