People Who Cry During Movies Aren’t Weak, They’re Emotionally Strong

Empathy makes us better, stronger human beings. Research shows fiction, in both literary and cinematic forms, greatly improves peoples capacity for empathy.

This makes a lot of sense because truly engaging fiction permits us to step into a character’s shoes and envision a different reality, perhaps far more difficult and trying than our own.

In turn, we become more open-minded and understanding individuals, making us increasingly compassionate in our interactions with others…


Simply put, tears grant us sight and strength in both a figurative and literal sense, or as Victor Hugo once put it: Those who do not weep, do not see.


John Haltiwanger