Emotional tears (including tears produced by laughter) contain higher concentrations of proteins and toxins (as compared to tears triggered by slicing onions); they may help the body to get rid of injurious substances. (Dossey, Larry, MD. Healing Beyond the Body. p 136-137. Boston: Shambhala Publications, Inc., 2001.)

Tears of sadness and of laughter contain proteins not present in tears from cutting onions or other eye irritations. Both types of tears can help cleanse the body of stress chemicals but sad tears tend to turn us inward and laughter tears tend to turn us outward. (Lipton, Bruce, PhD. The Biology of Belief. p 196-197. CA: Mountain of Love / Elite Books, 2005.)

Tears shed during crying or laughter have a similar chemical composition. Both remove toxins and hormones that are manufactured during periods of stress. (Brent Q., et al. Mind/Body Health. p 555-556. MA: Simon & Schuster, 1996.)

There are compositional differences between emotional tears and tears that result from something getting into the eye. (Sobel, David S., and Robert Ornstein, MD. The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Handbook. p 56. NY: Patient Education Media, Inc., 1996.)

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