Studies of hundreds of volunteers have discovered that 85% of women and 73% of men feel less sad and less angry after crying. 'Women cry four times as often as men-on average 5.3 times a month, while men cry only 1.4 times a month. Crying episodes in the majority of women involve tears running down their cheeks, but most male crying episodes only result in watery eyes. Research shows that emotional tears are chemically different from other types of tears, such as those shed when cutting onions. Emotional tears have a higher protein content.

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