Sad holds a special place for you to feel sad. She is full of ideas about how you can ask for help and get comfort. Sad will be your friend, even if all you have to share right now are tears.
You Mean We Are Supposed to Cry?
I was often asked to come to elementary classrooms and talk about feelings with the Feeling Dolls. I got to the discussion about sadness using Sad; sharing information and stories about my own two children and sadness. I took Sad in my hand and asked, "What does sadness look like, sound like, and feeling like in your body?" Most children were able to identify the sad signals in themselves and each other. I asked, "Why do girls cry more than boys?" The answers were typical cultural appropriate responses. One boy said, "So they can be strong and grow and take care of their families."
I shared information about tears conducted by William Frey from the University of Minnesota did research on crying and he discovered that tears were important to our bodies and they helps us release poisons that build up in our bodies when we hold feelings inside.
One little girls stood up in the middle of the sitting in circle group and said, "You mean we are supposed to cry?" Enough said.
Here are some details from the study. You can read more about it in an article called The Miracle of Tears