After reading Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)“, and reading her chapter on this topic, I thought I’d make my own list. Yep, totally stealing her idea.
There are certain obvious non-traumatic things that make me cry like, for example, movies like The Notebook and The Help, songs like Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven and those commercials with the sad abused animals and the Sarah McLachlan song playing in the background. Let’s ignore those because those are just givens (unless you are a robot and have robot emotions).
The scene in Love Actually when Mark shows up at Juliet’s door with the sign “to me, you are perfect”.
This would be the quintessential moment that any guy would have me swept off my feet. Maybe even if he was obese and was incredibly boring, but not smelly because I have standards. Love Actually, overall, is one of those movies I pop into the DVD player whenever I want a pick me up and when it gets to this scene, I always start blubbering like a baby.
23 by Jimmy Eat World
The lyrics of this song make me a bit weepy, not full on cryfest (because I listen to this song a lot on my commute and there’s nothing more weird than a person crying on the subway or bus… trust me, I’ve been there. Shut up, I was reading My Sister’s Keeper and it made me really emotional).
I’ll be 23
I won’t always love what I’ll never have
I won’t always live in my regrets
If you wait for the right time
What are you hoping for?
I’m here I’m now I’m ready
Holding on tight
Don’t give away the end
The one thing that stays mine
First, it makes me sad that I’m no longer 23. Old 🙁
Second, I can relate to these lyrics.
Third, it reminds me of when I used to listen to it non-stop while I was in university and then, alas, back to the first point, it makes me sad that I’m old.
These Tim Hortons commercials
I swear, whenever these commercials come on, I can start ugly-crying in two seconds flat.
Websites like Dear Photograph and Post Secret
Whenever I check these sites, I always see at least one photo or one postcard that I can really relate to or just really touches me in a way that makes me feel like we’re all connected and have similar life stories. Then a few moments later, I’ll be at my computer or iPad, crying and feverishly looking for a Kleenex.
One of the first Dear Photograph submissions that really made be particularly weepy was this one:
For Post Secret, every Sunday, I log onto the website to read over the secrets. Sometimes they made me laugh, sometimes they make me disgusted, sometimes they make me sad, sometimes they inspire me, and sometimes they hit a nerve and BOOM, cryfest. I used to save the postcards that used to be particularly poignant for me but I’ve since stopped.
One of the last postcards I saved, and meant something to me but not too personal as to air my own secrets on here, were these from 2007.
These videos/commercials on Youtube
P&G’s Thank You Mom spot for the 2012 Olympics. I am not an athlete but the way I bawl over the commercial and this full length version, you’d think that I was on track to be an Olympian. Wahh, this really tugs at the heart strings.
Google Chrome’s Dear Sophie video. I can sit through the first few minutes and just think “aww that’s cute”, until it gets to the end and I’m sniffling/crying. I also like the Lady Gaga video for Google Chrome – but that seems more inspirational than tear-induring.