The last time you dabbed your eyes, you may have stopped to wonder: Why do people cry? Our eyes water, well up and just plain drip when they want to. Nothing quite symbolizes sadness like tears, but the truth is that people cry for many different reasons. If you think about it for a minute, salty water discharging from your eyes may seem like a strange way for your body to react to things; so why does it do it?


1. To Communicate

It's one of the first things we do when we emerge from the womb. As babies, we haven't yet developed the ability to talk. Still, we instinctively know a very effective way to get our point across. Crying is our first way to communicate our needs to other human beings. Fortunately for parents, talking starts taking the place of crying as we age and mature, at least for the most part!

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