Why People Cry When They're Happy

We often take for granted the fact that many people cry upon receiving happy news, as tears of joy are a well-known phenomenon. But have you ever wondered why an expression typically associated with pain or sadness can also express the opposite?

A study out of Yale University may have the answer. According to psychologist Oriana Aragon, crying when happy may function as a way to mitigate the effects of intense emotions. In other words, crying when you're overwhelmed with joy keeps from becoming, well, actually overwhelmed.

Science Dailyhas more:

The study points out that we often use seemingly incongruous reactions to tamp down our emotions when they threaten to run out of control. If you've ever laughed when you're nervous, or cracked a joke about a tragedy, you may be making use of this psychological effect.

So the next time you find yourself crying at a wedding, don't feel embarrassed! It's just your brain keeping yourself from getting too out of control.

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