Tears Of Happiness – What Do They Mean

Last Update on January 15, 2024 : Published on January 15, 2024

Crying when sad is pretty common, but have you ever seen people shedding tears of joy and happiness? Well, if so, why do they cry? Shouldn’t they be happy and put on a happy face? This is exactly what we will discuss in this post at CalmSage today—the tears of happiness and what it means. 

Being happy and crying is generally considered a sign of emotional well-being, but there are psychological and physiological reasons behind it, too.  For some, it is beneficial; for others, it might be a sign that the person requires professional attention.

Is Crying When Happy Normal?

Often associated with emotions like sadness, crying when happy is not considered normal. If you have a similar thought process, you will be surprised to know that it is normal to cry when you’re happy.

A survey conducted on more than 3,500 adults from 19 countries found that 68% of participants reported that a happy or positive event caused them to be moved to happy tears at least once a month. In addition to this, different research papers have been published

Crying when happy is healthy and is considered a sign of connection, appreciation, and good emotional life. Therefore, when you find yourself or notice that you are shedding tears of joy and happiness, embrace it and appreciate your emotional well-being.

Reasons Why You Cry When You’re Happy

Shedding tears when happy might sound funny, but it is a normal reaction to feeling joyous. It shows you are grateful for what is happening, stress-free, and appreciative of those in your life. Besides that, there are other reasons too.

1. You’re Dealing with Repressed Emotions

Happy crying means you are ready to deal with repressed emotions like grief, depression, sadness, stress, etc. When you are happy, and you feel like crying, it seems you are ready to deal with the suppressed emotions that you have been putting under the rock for a long time.

This can be past traumatic events or stressful life experiences. You show you are ready to care for your well-being when expressing your true emotions.

2. Develops Emotional Intimacy

Crying when happy is often overlooked because people think it is unnatural, but this is wrong because there is nothing wrong with it. Crying creates emotional intimacy and helps you overcome your weaknesses.

Crying from happiness is a powerful emotion that helps you connect with others. Moreover, when two people cry during a happy moment, they show a very deep connection between them. It also helps them come closer. 

Happy crying even allows people to express their emotions in a meaningful way. It is a sign of acceptance that the two people are ready to bridge the gap between them. When someone is happy crying, they show emotional intimacy and express happiness and joy. It shows that that person shares a healthy relationship with everyone around and is open to accepting his weaknesses and working on them

3. Helps Manage Your Emotions

If you think a person who cries is emotionally weak, then you are wrong. Crying is a sign of emotional well-being and provides a gateway to release emotions more tangibly than simply putting them out in words. 

Happy crying is healthy, and it helps manage emotions.  When you cry happily, you feel more positive than sadness and pain. It also helps connect with your feelings, reduce anxiety and pain, and health practice self-care.

Engaging in happy crying may make you feel comfortable and safe and able to express your emotions without judgment. It also helps focus on releasing negativity and helping you process your thoughts more positively.

4. Helps You Communicate with Others

Often, during celebrations or successful events, people are seen crying. It is a way to express their joy and let others know they are truly happy.  Sometimes, when people can connect spiritually on a deep level, they also shed tears of happiness. 

Happy crying means you are aware of what good you have in life, and you appreciate the things you have and the people you have in life. It also helps connect meaningfully and express enormous feelings, allowing others to understand you better. 

Hence, don’t be ashamed or fear shading a tear the next time you feel like crying when you are happy. It is good to express your emotions as it helps release anxiety, sadness, and other negative emotions.

5. You Feel Emotionally Out of Control

Sometimes, when you cry out of happiness, you might feel you don’t control your emotions. Feeling this way is natural as happiness is a strong emotion, and controlling it is impossible.

In the same way, when you are sad, you suppress your tears or anger after feeling frustrated. Suppressing happiness and the tears that come from it will not help you emotionally.

It will only lead to emotional dysregulation; therefore, when you feel that tears are rolling out of your eyes because of a happy moment, don’t feel embarrassed about it as you become emotionally stronger.

Even if you cannot control your emotions, it is okay because it reminds you that life is fragile and beautiful. Anything can happen at any time, so be ready for surprises and appreciate the experience you have as a human.

6. You Feel Relieved

Happy crying is a way to release tension, stress, and anxiety. You cry with happiness when you feel stress-free, and what bothers you is now sorted. It is your body’s way of expressing how it feels.

Therefore, let the tears roll down. There is nothing wrong with it. It is a reminder that you have the right to feel joyous and that it is okay to let your emotions out if something has been bothering you for a longer time and is now finally solved.

Feeling overwhelmed is something you can’t control, and the expression of it might be in the form of tears. Therefore, when you cry, do not judge. Feel a sense of peace and relief.

7. Feeling Vulnerable

Sometimes, when you feel vulnerable, you might experience happy crying. It is a very strong emotion, and you express yourself by crying. Tears of joy help you feel a sense of emotional reliability and make you see your weaknesses but don’t think there is anything wrong with it because it is a sign of strength.

By allowing yourself to cry, you are releasing the emotions, expressing gratitude towards all that is good, and strengthening your emotional resilience.

Tears of Happiness are Normal

Crying is a normal human response to intense emotions. There is nothing wrong with crying because of sadness or happiness. It is okay, as it makes you stronger and builds a deeper connection with others.

The tears of happiness might sound unusual but don’t judge yourself. Just feel the emotion. Express it because sometimes words can’t say what tears can just impress the way you feel. Don’t feel shy, and be confident; it’s ok to cry. There is nothing wrong with it.

About The Author

Ayush Yadav
Ayush Yadav

Aayush is a writer, and storyteller who is passionate about using words to help drive positive change and make people aware about the history. He holds a bachelor's in law, lives in the princely state Jaipur and is passionate about helping people in anyway possible. In his spare time, he is usually out with friends and enjoys exploring different facets of life.

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