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I love a good cry every now and then. Sometimes all you need to do is sob to your heart's content when life gets a little overwhelming.

We may feel embarrassed or silly when we cry but fear not my friends, a new study has found that crying is actually good for you.

Researchers in Japan confirmed that crying can actually make you happier. The team of researchers explained that crying can help reduce stress meaning you live a happier and calmer life.

Basically, crying is an act of self-defence against accumulating stresses.

“The act of crying is more effective than laughing or sleeping in reducing stress. If you cry once a week, you can live a stress-free life," said Hidefumi Yoshida told the Japan Times.

Hidefumi Yoshida believes watching heart wrenching movies, listening to emotional songs or reading harrowing books can help make you feel better, even when you’re a blubbering, snotty nosed wreck.

So, next time you’re having a bad day fetch the tissues, watch The Fault In Our Stars and just let the tears roll.

Having a cry is good for the soul so don’t be afraid to let the tears out after a bad day at work, after arguing with your bestie or when you're watching a tear-jerker at the cinema.

Trust me, holding back the tears is no good for you. I tried to do so in a very quiet cinema whilst watching A Star Is Born and ended up with a headache for the remainder of the day, so when you gotta cry, cry.

Don’t be ashamed about it. If scientists say it’s good for you then let the tears fall.

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From time to time we can all find ourselves feeling a little stressed out. There are numerous reasons why, and even beginning to think about them all cane make us feel less than zen. 

So, when we stumbled across this golden nugget of info, we had to share it with everyone and anyone who had never heard the good news.

There is a very easy procedure that can relieve stress, without the hassle or expense of a doctor. Also, it doesn't take particularly long either. Doctor of medical science and psychiatrist Mark Sandomirsky might just be on to a winner with his simple ear massage technique.

Despite the causes and effects of stress being numerous and incredibly varied depending on each individual, Dr. Sandomirsky reckons psycho-reflexology is one way to physically de-stress and relieve heaviness or pain from certain parts of the body, using natural anti-stress points.

According to Cosmopolitan, the first step in this doctor's method requires eliminating all destructive emotions. 

This is the first step before using the Shen Men (or "The Gate of Heaven", according to ancient Chinese culture) area on your ear to bring energy to your whole body.

Massaging the Shen Men — a pressure point situated in the upper third part of your ear — reportedly strengthens your overall health, decreases stress, and boosts energy. If this is true then we are sensing a very bright future might be in store for us all.

In order to access this positive energy, Dr. Sandomirsky recommends using a cotton bud to press this point and massage it while breathing deeply.

When you inhale, look to the left, and look to the right when exhaling, which eventually should calm down your body.

Whether or not this method will actually work everyone is dependent on the individual, but to be honest when you're feeling overwhelmed or completely stressed out, there's no harm in at least trying something new.

A few minutes of deep breathing exercises are generally recommended for people who need to find some calm, adding in the ear part might just be an added bonus.

So, pass us the cotton buds and bring on the good vibes.

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The millions of thing we’ve got going on can leave us all feeling like big balls of stress – and that can wreak serious havoc on our health.

But you don’t need to turn your life inside out to beat the effects of stress.

These quick and easy natural solutions can help you stay mellow in a crazy world.

Have a cuppa
Black tea has been shown to have an effect on stress hormone levels in the body. Tea contains catechins, polyphenols, flavonoids and amino acids that affect your brain’s neurotransmitters and ultimately reduce blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Go nuts
Next time you feel a bit cracked up, forgo the junk food and snack on some nuts instead. Nuts are typically high in tryptophan and magnesium, two key nutrients that support serotonin production. And almonds are especially high in stress-busting B vitamins, zinc, vitamin E and antioxidants.

Rub your ears
According to Ayurveda, India’s 5,000-year-old ‘science of life,’ there are ‘marma’ points – like acupuncture points – in the ears that correspond to the various parts of the body.  Rub the circumference of each ear, right hand on right ear and left hand on left ear, to instantly ease tension.

Take a sniff
Aromatherapy has calming effects that can tame the tension in no time. Proven stress-reducing aromas include lavender, lemon balm, chamomile and geranium. Place a few drops of essential oils on cotton balls and have a sniff of the lovely fragrance.

Strike a pose
When we get stressed, we tend to tense up and cave our chest in. Try folding your hands as if in prayer behind your back, then pulling your shoulders back, tilting your head back and breathing deeply.

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