Tears of joy connect us to life, to people, and to our most rewarding emotions. Allowing yourself these experiences and letting your eyes sparkle is an act of well-being. We don’t repress them, we don’t hide the emotion that connects us to something inspiring or someone we love.
When was the last time you cried in a blissful moment? If your memory needs to go too far back to remember this moment, you should consider making some changes. Because tears of joy are the ecstasy of well-being, they are the essence of positive and fulfilling moments. This is a clear exercise in happiness.
Likewise, science reveals that there are four types of crying related to positive emotions. Knowing and identifying them allows us to become aware of these sensations that we must all promote in order to benefit more from our existence, the world and our relationships.
The act of crying, a cathartic exercise
Why are we crying? Most people would respond “because we are sad or because this is how we relieve our internal pain and suffering”. We associate crying with emotional pain and of course physical pain.
However, there are also tears of joy and that twinkling glow in our eyes when something moves us intensely. Human beings cry because tears are a part of us. And generally speaking, we cry more with laughter than grief.
Studies like the one conducted by Dr. Oriana R. Aragón of Yale University indicate that the act of crying has no other purpose than to generate catharsis. Tears intensify certain moments in life and act as natural pain relievers.
We have seen, for example, that enkephalin is released both in tears due to sadness and those motivated by joy. This type of endorphin has the function of reducing pain and promoting a pleasant feeling of well-being.
Likewise, there is another interesting theory about tears of joy. They are released because the brain does not always know the difference between sadness and happiness.
For him, the two dimensions are states of high intensity and therefore he activates the parasympathetic nervous system in order to relax us. It does this by releasing acetylcholine, a type of neurotransmitter that activates our tear ducts.
The different types of tears of joy
Research on this topic continues to grow in recent years. So much so that a new study conducted at Cornell University reveals that there are 4 types of tears of joy. In other words, there are four positive situations that make us cry. They are the following:
Tears of affection
Love is the emotion that makes us vibrate the most. It’s very easy to experience that feeling where all of a sudden a word, gesture, hug, or shared moment turns us on enough to make us cry.
It is the same with tenderness. For example, when we hold a baby in our arms or when our animal does something that seems cute to us, a tear of joy can very easily escape …
The thrill of triumph, the tears of overtaking
Winning a match, passing an exam, getting a job after an interview… Tears of joy can also arise in those situations where, after a certain time of effort, dreams and sacrifice, we achieve something. Surpassing oneself is intensely exciting.
Inspiration and beauty
A sunrise at sea… Aerial views of a breathtakingly beautiful natural setting… See our favorite pictorial work in person… Enjoy a play that moves us deeply… Go to a concert by group that we love so much… Tears of joy are also nourished by aesthetics, naturalness and culture.
Shared laughter and tears of joy
There are few pleasures more satisfying than crying with laughter with the people you love. Laugh until our tummy hurts… Is there anything better? Undoubtedly not, because the authentic pleasure which mixes positive emotions and humor constitutes an authentic happiness.
It’s worth reflecting on how much time has passed since the last time we cried for joy. Love, humor, inspiration, personal satisfaction… All these dimensions define authentic psychological well-being. Promoting such moments is in our power and it is worth living them daily.