Emotions, Science

Why Cry?

What is an emotion? Its not something you can touch, you cant really explain it, it just happens. What makes us become happy, or sad? What makes us cry when something hurts us or laugh when something is funny? What does funny mean anyway? What makes us care about someone or something else?

I am sure there is some scientific explanation for why all these things happen to us but if you sit and think about them without the scientific knowledge, they all seem very odd. Somehow laughing helps show that happiness inside to those around you. Crying provides you with some sort of release from sadness. If you’re depressed than talking to someone can help you work through your problems.

But again, what causes it? I discussed it with a friend and I can’t say we really came up with an answer. Something about neurons in the brain firing and making emotions but neither of us understand how that works. One thing is for sure, without emotions life would be very boring. If you watched a movie and there was no humor or you didn’t feel happy when the main character accomplished his goal than what would be the point? If you ran a race and weren’t proud when you came in 1st place than you most likely wouldn’t run. Feelings, in a way, motivate us to do things, connect us to those around us and bring enjoyment into our lives. They are powerful, but I still wonder why we have tears or a laugh…

~ BlondHeadedHunk

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