Feeling a little choked up? Don't fight it. According to a study in Springer's "Motivation and Emotion" journal, tears can make a bad mood better — eventually.
Past studies have shown mixed results where crying and emotional rebound are concerned. But this one, which analyzed the emotional swings of 60 test subjects after watching a sad film, sought to explain those discrepancies.
A total of 28 participants cried, and immediately after the movie ended, they felt their moods were worse than before. The non-criers didn't experience a change.
After 20 minutes, the criers felt better, returning to their pre-movie moods.
But things really got interesting at the 90-minute mark. While the non-criers remained even keeled, the weepers actually felt better than they did before the quasi-experimental study started.
So go ahead and let it out! And give it time.