Friday, December 24, 2004

Book Excerpt: Have a good Cry

Excerpt from my book: Reach for the Stars:

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

Anthony J. D'Angelo

Have a Good Cry

Tears are the spirits way of cleansing the soul. They are the prism that separates our emotions into the colors of the rainbow, and reveal the hues of the heart.

Emotional tears contain higher levels of hormones than tears from eye irritants. This is the body’s way of regulating the chemical balance of the body. So feel free to cry when you experience strong emotions. If you try to hold it in, your body will be chemically out of balance, and this will manifest itself through other symptoms.

We are living beings that must interact with the world around us. Our bodies are masterful machines with many regulatory mechanisms designed to keep the system running smoothly. Don’t fight it. Go with the flow.

Dr. Rae Baum, Ph.D. writes:

It is thought by many that there is a relationship between the suppression of emotions, psychological health, and disease. It is also generally accepted that crying is one way to expressing and releasing emotion. "Tears are the safety valves of the heart when too much pressure is laid upon it," wrote Albert Richard Smith. If emotional tearing reduces the effects of stress, then we may increase our susceptibility to a variety of physical and psychological problems when we suppress our tears.

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