The Book List: 5 Sure Tearjerkers for Healthy Emotional Release

October 8, 2013

It’s pouring rain as I write this post, a gloomy day that compensates for its melancholy by at least giving our garden the moisture that it needs to deliver the last of our summer crops. Though the last tomatoes are without a doubt worth it, the weather’s got me thinking about the benefits of a good cry.

According to neuroscientist and tear researcher Dr. William H. Frey II, “crying is not only a human response to sorrow and frustration, it’s a healthy one. Crying is a natural way to reduce emotional stress that, left unchecked, has negative physical effects on the body, including increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and other stress-related disorders.”

Since we’re focused on well-being and emotional balance here on Peaceful Dumpling, I’ve compiled a list of five books that’ll help you get your emotional release if you’re feeling a little backed up. Grab your (vegan-friendly) tissues and keep reading:

1. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
This book collects a series of Chodron’s talks from 1987-1994, helping readers to realize the power in feeling feelings. Even if you’re put off by self help books, don’t write this one off!

 

 

 

 

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A  love story featuring two teens who make the most of the tough cards they’ve been dealt, the surprising twist will leave you sobbing. I almost guarantee it.

 

 

 

 

3. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
This coming-of-age novel captures a time and a place perfectly, giving the reader a glance into gender and mother-daughter relationships.

 

 

 

 

 4. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
As the jacket requests, I can’t give much away about the plot but I can tell you that it’ll leave you wondering what you’re capable of doing for strangers.

 

 

 

 

5. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
I highly doubt that a description is necessary for this known tearjerker. This “story of two dogs and a boy” will have all pet owners remembering their own relationships with pets.

 

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