According to a Dutch study, women are prone to crying more frequently than men. But psychologists Ivan Nyklicek, Lydia Temoshok, and Ad Vingerhoets published some surprising findings in their book Emotional Expression and Health. Research for the book indicates that men cry between 0.5 and 1.5 times a month, and the impulse to reach for a box of tissues depends on a variety of influences. Perhaps fatherhood factors into men getting in touch with their emotions.
This story of a father's love for his son is conducive to overactive tear ducts. Meet Han:
Han was curious about whether or not he'd ever seen his father cry before. So he asked his dad, and then shared the poignant story on Imgur.
According to Han's post:
He told me that when I was 3 years old, he laid out a pen, a dollar, and a toy of some sort in front of me. He wanted to see which one I would pick. I think that a lot of Chinese people do that… It represents what you’ll value most when you grow up. Like the pen is intelligence, money, is well, money, and the toy is fun.
The game began as an innocent way to pass the time, but Han's father was curious to see which of the items his son would gravitate towards.
But the experiment suddenly took an emotional detour:
He said that I just sat there and stared at the items. He sat across from me and waited patiently. According to him, I crawled towards them, he held his breath, and I pushed everything aside and went right into his arms. He didn’t realize that he was one of the choices. And that was the first, and the only time I made him cry.
Han's story inspired others to share their own anecdotes of tearful fathers: