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Different Emotions Reveal Changes in Tears Under Microscope

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  • Photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher examined more than 100 dried human tears under a microscope
  • Tears of “laughing till I’m crying,” tears of grief, tears of change, onion tears, and others all appear remarkably different
  • While crying may initially make your mood worse, research suggests it leads to an eventual rebound and heightening of mood in time

By Dr. Mercola

Your body produces three different types of tears. There’s the basal variety, which are made as a form of lubrication and protection for your eyes. These are constantly secreted in tiny quantities (about one gram over a 24-hour period) and coat your eyes when you blink.


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