How to Hold Back Tears

Unless you’re alone in a sound-proofed room, crying is generally something to be avoided. But if you do find tears building up at an inopportune time, is there a way to stop them? New York Magazine asked Ad Vingerhoets—a scientist who specializes in emotional tears—this very question and found that physical pain or muscle tensing works best. So the next time you need to hold back an upcoming sob-session, try pinching yourself or clenching your butt cheeks.