Reflex (or Irritant) Tears
These are the type known to be your eyewash tears. They come pouring out of the glands beneath your brows whenever you try peeling onions, vomiting, or getting your eye infected with dust. It is responsible for cleaning the eyes by flushing away the said irritants.
Emotional (or Psychic) Tears
Strong emotions such as sadness, grief, excitement, or rage cause this kind to flow. Scientists have discovered traces of stress hormones, which could indicate that crying is a method of stress relief. Furthermore, some research proposes that weeping may also cause the release of endorphins, which are believed to be the brain’s feel-good chemical messenger of the body. This is the same neurotransmitter that is released when you break a sweat during an exercise.
Emotional tears are a human-specific response since only humans can cry. Tears are also known as a mode of communication, which showcases sympathy and other benefits not only to an individual’s health (both physically and physiologically) but also to the group’s sense of community.
Crying and releasing all those inner feelings away helps more than you ever know. There are so many ways why it helps to sometimes just let it run down your face. So, when a person asks you, what are tears made of and why people cry, you know what to say.
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