Former high school teacher, Hidefumi Yoshida, who calls himself a ‘namida sensei’, brings his clients to tears! He organizes regular workshops and lectures teaching people the benefits of shedding even a single tear a week. Yoshida claims that if you cry once a week, you can live a stress-free life. Yoshida believes that the act of crying is more effective than laughing or sleeping in reducing stress. The type of tears we shed is also important. The ones caused by brief emotional experiences, like watching a drama or a romantic movie, reading a tear-jerking book or listening to a powerful song, are the best type. Grief-caused crying is very different. It forces a lasting sorrow onto us, and that can has negative consequences. Yoshida uses films, children’s books and letters to make people cry. Some people cry from just watching beautiful scenes of nature.
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