Tears for Beauty

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Moved to Tears.”

Describe the last time you were moved to tears by something beautiful.


Only for psychic tears!

Only for psychic tears!

Why do we cry when we find something beautiful? As humans, it would be considered strange to cry when we see something that is pleasurable to the eyes or heart. Crying, of course, is a biological response to many things, including our emotions.

We create three different types of tears: basal, reflex and psychic tears.

Basal and reflex are both biologically triggered, the psychic tears are the ones that we call “crying tears.” Psychic tears are the ones that flood out of your eye holes when you watch a sad movie or cry over winning 1 million dollars in a scratch off. But why?? The answer is surprisingly science-y.

Inside of our brains we have a limbic system which contains a hypothalamus. That is part of our autonomic nervous system which basically means we have no on/off switch for it.

This system, via a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, has a degree of control over the lacrimal ‘tear’ system; and it is this tiny molecule which then stimulates tear production. So in short, your emotional reaction triggers your nervous system, which in turn, orders your tear-producing system to activate.

Now let me ask again, why do we cry when we see something beautiful? To put it plainly, we’re only human. We cry when we’re dealing with a break-up, when there’s a foul odor nearby and when we see the first majestic sunset in our lives. Crying is a complicated process, but in doing so, it can make us feel better.


Day 11 in Blogging 101 and yay, I’m glad i’m getting back into writing. I used a reference while writing this post, the majority of information, including the quote, was retrieved from this article, ‘Why do we cry? The science of tears‘. Do check it out, it goes more in depth on why we cry, the processes on how we cry and other types of cries we have, like crocodile tears, for example. It was written by a fellow blogger here on WordPress, Dr. Nick Knight. His url is easy to remember, it’s his name! He’s a junior doctor in a London hospital as well as a writer, what a combination!  Hope you all enjoyed this post, thanks for reading!

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One Response to Tears for Beauty

  1. clcouch123 says:

    When last I cried, it was while taking in a movie that was ending in personal triumph. I often cry at that. i was alone. Which seems to matter. Thanks!

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