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As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become really tearful. Last year’s Olympics and Paralympics also brought many tears to my eyes.


Why do we become tearful as we get older? was also a question in TV program. The answer is that it’s because the brakes on the brain weaken. It seems that as we get older, our ability to empathize, which is the “gas pedal,” increases, while the “brain’s brake”, which restrains changes in our feelings, weakens, causing tears to spill. At least, the program didn’t seem to have a negative tone about tearfulness.

なぜ年を重ねると涙もろくなる?→脳のブレーキが緩むから | チコちゃんに叱られる! (


On the other hand, another analysis says that it is due to the decline of the “dorsolateral prefrontal cortex,” which is the function that controls behavior and emotions. This is a distinctly negative tone, saying that the “snappy old man” and “forgetfulness” are also caused by the decline of the “dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. It goes on to say that brain training should be done to stop “forgetfulness” and “loss of ability to control emotions”.

年を取って涙もろくなったのは感情の抑制機能が低下したから | 東北大学スマート・エイジング・カレッジ(SAカレッジ) (


I’ve always had a short temper, and I’m aware that I lose my temper easily, but I’m not sure if I’ve become more “snappy” as I’ve aged. If I could see steam coming out of my head, I might be able to tell from the frequency of the steam coming out of my head, but I don’t see any visible changes in my body like in a comic book. The ” Mad Mere Old Man” is a nuisance and I don’t want to be one.


Forgetfulness is definitely on the rise. I really can’t remember people’s names or company names anymore. This is definitely not good for work and relationship building, so I want to train my brain and stop the progression of forgetfulness.


I think that tearfulness is a good thing, and I wonder if it’s really a good thing to lose tearfulness through brain training.


Is a person who is prone to tears always a person who is prone to anger? Is a person who is prone to tears also a person who is prone to forgetfulness? I don’t think this is necessarily the case. What do you think, everyone?


The attached youtube is a great commercial by Tokyo Gas, it makes me cry.