Crying Drawing Attention in Japan for Mental Detox

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)--An increasing number of schools and companies in Japan are encouraging their students and employees to cry as a way of relieving stress and improving mental health.

Tears of sadness and happiness are believed to reduce stress, as the act of crying relaxes autonomic nerves by stimulating parasympathetic nerve activity, according to experts.

"Crying is an act of self-defense against accumulating stresses," Junko Umihara, professor at Nippon Medical School, says.

For five and a half years, former high school teacher Hidefumi Yoshida, 43, who calls himself a "namida sensei" (tears teacher), has engaged in activities to help people learn the benefits of crying, such as lecturing at schools and companies across Japan.

He came to recognize the benefits of crying, after one of his former students stopped showing up for consultations after revealing honest feelings with tears. "The act of crying is more effective than laughing or sleeping in reducing stress," Yoshida says.

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