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Have You Considered the Benefits of Crying? | Op-Docs

NYT, 13 May 2022
It’s safe to say we all have more to cry about. Gone, for the most part, are the days when shedding tears around other people was derided as inappropriate or embarrassing: Even leaders are crying in public. And that’s OK: Crying can be really, really good for you.

And that’s the message that Hidefumi Yoshida, a self-described tears teacher, is out to share. In the short film above, he holds workshops across Japan, where he helps grown-ups learn to cry. Whether it’s breaking the stigma around crying out of grief or simply learning to weep for better mental health, it’s a lesson we all could probably embrace a little more right now.

- "Tears Teacher" by Noemie Nakai (

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