Washington: It seems crying sometimes is good for you -- it can boost your self-esteem and give you a mental edge, scientists say. Researchers at the Indiana University-Bloomington in theUS found that college football players who think it`s "ok" to cry after losing a big game, have higher self-esteem thanthose tough-guy players who say tears are a "no-no". The researchers also found that players who show physicalaffection toward their teammates are happier. The team wanted to know how gender stereotypes aboutcrying affect football players and how their beliefs regarding emotion on the field influence other aspects of their lives,LiveScience reported. They surveyed 150 collegiate football players about their perceptions of crying after they were randomly assigned to read four different scenarios about a player who cried. In the first scenario the player, named Jack, teared up after losing a critical game; in the second, he sobbed after losing, with "tears flowing continuously down his face"; inthe third, he tears up after winning; and in the fourth, he sobs after winning. Students tended to think tearing up after losing a game was typical and appropriate for a football player. However, they didn`t accept sobbing as an appropriate reaction in thelosing situation. The players also said they would be more likely to tear up than sob if they were in Jack`s place.
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