Have you ever wondered why women cry on their wedding day or why we generally cry when we are happy? It has always been called tears of joy but why do the tears flow when we are supposed to be happy? This question seems to have been answered by Psychologists at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. So if you want to know why your wife cried during your wedding, you should keep reading.
The researchers claim when your wife cries with happiness on your wedding day or when you cry generally when you are happy, you are responding to a happy experience with a negative reaction.
Oriana Aragon, the Yale psychologist who led the study never understood why people cried when they are happy and she claims it never made sense to her. I think she isn’t alone here because it never made sense to me too.
Oriana Aragon thinks she now understands why we cry when we are happy after conducting a series of studies into seemingly incongruous expressions.
“People may be restoring emotional equilibrium with these expressions,” she explained.
“They seem to take place when people are overwhelmed with strong positive emotions and people who do this seem to recover better from those strong emotions.”
After measuring the participants’ response to to cute babies or happy reunions, they discovered that individuals who express negative reactions to positive news were able to moderate intense emotions more quickly.
So according to the research, tears of joy are helpful because it helps people manage extremely emotional, overwhelming moments. People who cry with happiness are able to moderate intense emotions more quickly.
So now you know why your wife cried during your wedding day.
The report is published in the journal Psychological Science.
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Its good that the study was conducted and your article is helpful to many to understand the tears of joy.
However, tears of joy come from both men and women. Giving an example that asks readers whether "we have ever wondered why women cry on their wedding day" distorts the notion of gender equality because some men express emotions too the same way women do. I have not had a chance to read the study but I hope the researcher studied both men’s and women’s perspectives. Since media is a very important communication forum/tool, I wish it should always try to engender all the articles if possible.