Ugly Cry - We've All Done It At Least Once, Now Science Tells Us Why

Maybe you've already seen it, Kristen Bell's sloth meltdown on Ellen in 2012. This lady loves sloths, and she had been waiting her whole life to meet one. On her birthday, her husband surprises her with a sloth and she just can't handle the excitement. He finds her on their bed, in tears, overcome with emotion - a mixture of joy and excitement at the thought of getting to hold a sloth.

Kristen's not the only one to go through this rollercoaster of joy and tears. The ugly cry has caught us all off guard at least once in our lives and it honestly feels like our brains have just fire off all the emotions at once. Why does this happen? Is there such a thing as too much happieness?

According to this research on Dimorphous Expressions of Positive Emotion from Yale University's Department of Psychology, we cry during moments of intense joy to balance our emotions.

Dimorphous is a word used to describe something that exists in two different ways at the same time - the ugly cry is dimorphous : you're happy, but the tears and snot running down your face makes others think that you're sad.

Sometimes our happiness is just too much to contain, so our brains use the best form of physical release we've got - tears. Dr. Frey, a "tear expert" discovered that emotional tears contain stress hormones that are leaked out of the body when we cry. So, when we ugly cry, it's just our brain's way of regulating the awesome feelings of extreme happiness.

Take Adele for example, she is definitely happy to receive her bazillinth grammy.

Or this fan, she's totally thrilled to be kissed by Shaq.


And of course, there's Kristen's reaction to the sloth:


So, the next time you ugly cry, embrace it - as always, your brain totally knows what to do!

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