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- Tears of joy and pain don’t distinguish between tear ducts, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
There are crocodile tears — a phony display of sadness — but what about crocodile wisdom?
Some trivia is being shared on social media, but it’s not accurate.
"When a person cries, if the first drop of the tears come from the right eye, it’s happiness," one post says. "But when it comes from the left eye, it’s pain. And when they drop from both eyes, it’s frustration."
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We couldn’t find any credible sources to support this claim.
A 2020 post on crying and tears on the Cleveland Clinic’s website, however, cheekily weighed in.
"True or false? If the first tear comes from the right eye, it means happiness and if it comes from the left eye, sadness," the post says. "Short answer: No. Long answer: Not true."
Every time you blink, according to the National Eye Institute, a thin layer of tears called "tear film" covers your cornea. Tears come from glands above the eyes, then drain into the tear ducts — small holes in the inner corner of the eyes. But they don’t play favorites.
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Facebook post, Jan. 13, 2022
Cleveland Clinic, Why We Cry and What Tears Are Made Of, Oct. 14, 2020
National Eye Institute, How Tears Work, July 16, 2019
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