Statistics and Stuff
Average times per month a woman cries: 5
Average times per month a man cries: 1
Crying is common in this world. It does little good to ask the reason for it.
Muddyscuttle is what one might call a weeping planet. Laughter can be heard here and
there, but by and large, weeping predominates. With maturity the sound and reason for
crying changes, but never does it stop. All infants do it everywhere--even in public. By
adulthood most crying is done alone and in the dark. Weeping, for babies, is a sign of
health and evidence that they are alive. Isn't this a chilling omen? Not laughter but
tears is the life sign. It leaves weeping and being synonyms.
Calvin Miller, The Valiant Papers, p. 22.
Tears resulting from sadness, anger, fear or joy vary chemically from those caused by
smelling onions and may be nature's method of removing chemicals built up by stress from
the body. Dr. William Frey II, of the Psychiatry Research Laboratories at the St.
Paul-Ramsey Medical Center, St. Paul, Minn., believes this to be the case. Studies he has
done indicate that women cry five times as often as men and that 85% of the women and 73%
of the men thought that crying made them feel better. Most common reason for crying is
sadness, followed in rank by happiness, anger, sympathy, anxiety and fear.