I'm a cryer. I'm just gonna get it out of the way. It's said that on average, women cry twice a month and men once a month, but I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that those numbers don't apply to me. I used to always think that in the seconds after something drastic happens, you have a choice; cry or hold it in. A few times, I surrendered to twin waterfalls on my face, and other times, I let a stone expression mask my inner feelings. It feels good to let loose sometimes, to just unleash pent-up emotions, some you may not even know you had. It's a way of deeply expressing yourself, putting clear visuals center stage and letting the waterworks take you down the river. Of course, it depends on the severity of the cause that will affect the level of reaction. Had a rough day? Shed a tear. Had a small fight? Hyperventilate. Was just at the wrong place at the wrong time? Suck it up! Had the worst day of your life and wish you could change what you did? Learn from the past, hug a friend, then eat a cookie. What you have to realize is that crying doesn't always mean you're sad. You could be stressed, anxious, happy, or scared. We associate crying with sadness, and also even weakness which is complete bull. Crying is just another way of communicating, like laughing or sighing. So the next time someone sheds a tear, don't immediately think "oh, they're sad", or "wow, they're so weak they can't contain it". Give them the benefit of the doubt followed by the loyalty of a friend.