So, which should you do? Keep a stiff upper lip, or give in to a good cry? Well, we’re here to tell you that there’s no shame in sobbing—and there is likely a benefit. Researchers reviewed thousands of crying sessions from a large group of people and found that the majority felt better and physically calmer after letting the tears flow. Receiving social support during a bout of blubbering seems to bolster the effect, so reach out a grab a shoulder to cry on (and a hankie, while you’re at it).

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