Crying To Sad Songs Makes Us Happier, Science Says
I've said it once, and I'll say it a thousand times:
If you need a good cry because your heart was just broken, you're pretty sure you'll never find love again and you're not even sure if love is even real or just a societal construct, you've GOTTA listen to "Behind These Hazel Eyes" by Kelly Clarkson.
Trust me, just go for it. You earned this.
BECAUSE BONUS NEWS, HOT OFF THE PRESS: Science says that sobbing to sad songs will ultimately help you feel happier overall, so what do you have to lose at this point?
A study, published by Scientific Reports, supports this theory. Researchers explained that by getting out a good cry while listening to sad tunes, you will ultimately trigger feelings of pleasure and feel less stressed afterward.
This does make sense because why else would anyone keep watching the "Grey's Anatomy" season finale episode with that song from Snow Patrol over and over again?
Right, guys? Guys?
Researchers tested this hypothesis by asking study participants to fill out short surveys about their reactions while listening to various music.
They were asked to report how frequently they got goose bumps, felt shivers down their spine, felt like weeping or got a lump in their throat.
Researchers then broke up the participants into two groups based on those who experienced chills and those who experienced tears and asked them to listen to six songs (three of which the subjects picks themselves) that were intended to evoke deep emotions.
After monitoring their emotional state, heart rates and physical signs of pleasure, researchers concluded that the participants' tears resulting from sadness can actually be "psychophysiologically calming," causing sensations of pleasure and even acting as a stress reliever.
So, cry your eyes out and heal your broken heart. If you need song ideas, I did a quick survey of my peers and gathered up some of my co-workers' favorite guilty-pleasure tunes to sob it out to right here.
If I were you, I'd call in sick, take the day to yourself, click play and cry, baby, cry!!!