Watery eyes, weeping or crying with sadness or trauma. Watery eyes, weeping and crying with joy and happiness; spontaneous gratitude. Weeping or crying ‘stand’ in the middle and either side, opposing emotions manifest themselves with a similar result. Eyes watering can be bad news or wonderful news.
Both are naturally emotionally driven.
Most people recognize someone with watery eyes, weeping, or outwardly crying is suffering from sadness, trauma, or loss of a loved one.
Being watery-eyed or weeping can be stimulated by positive emotions. Such as unexpected joy and happiness, a strong feeling after being given a very special, personally relevant gift. Or receiving words of warmth, supreme friendliness, and love. Also, meeting loved ones or family after many years apart; perhaps living in different countries. Hugging each other; mutual weeping. Releasing perhaps pent-up emotions.
What stimulates tears? What stimulates or prompts such a potentially dramatic display of emotion.
Some people keep; hide their emotions, traumas to themselves; inwards. Confined within the heart; never the less still present. A lump in the throat, inward emotion, facial expression, and posture but not weeping or crying. Other individuals will release their feelings with cascades of tears; ‘sobbing their hearts out’.
Yet again, the heart is a crucial and key point of emotion; negative or positive.
Men may have tended to hide their feelings, as any demonstration of emotion; especially when generated by negative happenings, may be seen as a sign of weakness. An Englishman, in particular, may not be inclined to show any emotion when in the company of others. The phrase being a ‘stiff upper lip’. This does not mean to say that emotion is not felt, but not an overt display of sadness or grief. No release. There may be facial tensions that intimate some form of unpleasant experience. In more recent times men have released their feelings resulting in tears and accompanying facial expressions. This is a good thing.
After being ‘processed’ by the brain and mind on receiving news, physical feelings of emotion commence in the upper abdomen, rising to the heart. Hence ‘heartache’, ‘broken heart’ ‘heartfelt’, ‘disheartening’.
An individual may place a hand over their heart in an expression of empathy towards someone who would benefit from such an action.
There are for some reason, more expressions addressing sadness than happiness when it comes to the heart. But perhaps the heart-lifting elements ultimately override any destructive influences. Here, positivity plays a rôle.
A similar process kicks in when joyous, happy events are presented or revealed. ‘Hearty congratulations’
The expression ‘heart and mind’; a unity of intellectual and emotional elements.
The heart does ‘calls the shots’.
Facial expressions reveal all, and even when wearing facemasks, the eyes tell all. Eyes can reveal emotion, surprise, and shock, love, and humor.
Why is emotion, prompted by bad or good experiences released by weeping, crying, sobbing, or watery eyes and an intense feeling in the heart?
When presented with ecstatic, wonderful news; a birth of a child, grandchild, a feeling of supreme Peace on walking in pristine, overwhelmingly beautiful countryside, listening to music that brings back memories of earlier days. Happiness embraces the individual; serenity and tranquility form a curtain of supreme wonderment.
Music can link a memory and have an extraordinary effect. Music connects instantly with a past event.
I have described an experience in another essay, where the Son et Lumièr lit up the Grand Place in Brussels, where Vangelis’ awesome ‘1492, Paradise Conquered’ lifted the spirits, carrying an observer and listening to an almost divine level of consciousness. Just on writing the title transports me back to that very moment over twenty years’ ago.
Another, Marianne Faithful’s ‘As Tears Go By’, written by Mick Jagger and other members of the Rolling Stones. Beautifully gentle words and a voice on an angel, the words and music combine to bless the day. The lyrics that Marianne Faithful sings are full of sadness, but beautifully, moving words. The Rolling Stones also sang it, but nothing could replace Marianne Faithful’s gently emotional tone enhancing the moments.
‘It is the evening of the day, I sit and watch the children play, Smiling faces I can see, but not for me, I sit and watch as tears go by.’ just key in ‘As Tears Go By and Marianne Faithful and the Rolling Stones will be presented. Let me have your thoughts on listening to this emotional song. The song brought about soft emotions, guided by the heart. Memories of dancing with a girlfriend many, many years’ ago; a gentle dance at the end of an evening at a holiday school. A ‘smooch’ as it was called then. So innocent. So moving, could almost make the eyes fill with tears.
Weeping and crying is a crucial part of a healing process. Releasing emotions, otherwise remaining imprisoned in the heart, returning to ‘haunt’ the individual when a sound or sight prompts memories.
Happiness certainly can bring about tears of joy! Remembering vividly joyous moments, sharing them with a loved one who also has vivid recollections of an event.
In conclusion, be aware, but not obviously alert to someone who may need some comfort because of an unpleasant memory.
Join in the laughter and pure thrill of remembering a truly wonderful happening that can bring about a heart full of ecstatic thoughts and a few watery eyes.
The heart plays a major role in our lives and should never be overlooked. Follow the heart. It leads emotions and guides those who believe in its gentle influence.
Lift up your hearts. Attract positive vibes.