Cry Baby

Yesterday the pressures of trawling through job sites to no avail, having an argument with my partner, and missing my best friend who has moved to another city got a little to much.

I locked my bedroom door, I drew the curtains, and I cried. Pity party for one, please.

There are moments in life where there is no obvious solution, where there nothing else you can do but have a long, loud, ugly cry. Afterwards you get yourself together, you online shop for a little bit and then you head off in to the world feeling lifted.



Being a firm believer in “having a good cry” therapy I wondered if there was any scientific backing. Apparently, emotional tears draw and remove toxins (as well as half your mascara) that build up in times of stress. Additionally, biochemist William Frey claims that tears expel manganese from the body which have been known to cause anxiety in high quantities.

So have a ‘wah’-fest. Treat yourself to some tears. Bawl from your inner-baby. If you need a good movie to get you going I personally recommend:


1. The Fox and the Hound (1981)

Disney’s Fox and the Hound has everything from abandonment issues to cute dying animals.

2. 50/50 (2011)

50/50 depicts a bromance between Kyle, played by Seth Rogan and cancer-victim Adam, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. A surprisingly overlooked film upon its release, this film combines the sad realities of living (and dying) with a horrible disease with tear-jerking moments of love and kindness.

3. The Outsiders (1983)

“Stay gold Ponyboy.” Nuff. Said.

4. Fluke (1995)

Alright this movie will never win any awards -with a budget of $15 million, if raked in just under 4 in the box office.  I believe I first saw this movie during a stint of unemployment on daytime television. However, it is a guaranteed recipe for midday waterworks. A puppy called Fluke grows up to realise he has been reincarnated from a workaholic who dies in a car crash. Unable to reunite with his past family and he accepts his life as a dog  Bonus: Samuel L. Jackson is the voice of his best dog friend. What’s not to love?

5. Bambi (1942)

Another Disney classic. The Bambi-dying-mother scene is possibly the first memory of bawling my eyes out over a movie scene.

“We made it Mother! …Mother?” Damn you Disney.


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