Coffee Break: Cry Baby Cry

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What songs do you want to hear for today's Coffee Break? (iStockphoto, via NPR)

Did you know there are three types of tears?

We've got emotional tears, triggered by strong feelings; basal tears, which lubricate, nourish and protect your eyes; and reflex tears, which your eyes release to flush out dust, smoke or onion fumes.

If you've been releasing more emotional tears than usual lately, you are not alone! And you're even helping yourself.

"Crying and honoring your own needs and sensitivities is a critical part of self-care and being loving with oneself, being aware of one's needs and honoring them to benefit the health of the body, mind and spirit," said Dr. Judith Orloff, a UCLA psychiatrist.

So let's have a good cry together this morning.

For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what cry songs do you want to hear?

Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.

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Songs played

Ray Charles - Crying Time
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - I'm Not Gonna Cry
Best Coast - Why I Cry
? And The Mysterians - 96 Tears
Johnny Cash - Cry! Cry! Cry!
Prince and the Revolution - When Doves Cry
Etta James - All I Could Do Was Cry
The English Beat - The Tears Of A Clown
Roy Orbison - Crying

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