If you鈥檝e ever watched even just five seconds of American Idol, then you know that Simon Cowell was the designated hard ass on the show. He was brutally honest and often sarcastic, and the only emotion he ever showed was that of annoyance. But it appears he鈥檚 gotten a little soft on his other show, The X Factor. During this past Sunday night鈥檚 episode, the final contestant, Josh Daniel, gave a moving performance that brought Cowell to tears. The song Daniel sang was dedicated to his best friend, who passed away two years ago. See the full performance below:

Cowell鈥檚 emotional moment on the show comes just after we saw Justin Bieber cry at the VMAs and witnessed Taylor Swift get emotional on stage when talking about her mom鈥檚 cancer treatment. So, all this begs the question: Are celebrities helping to crush the stigma about crying at work?

I鈥檝e cried at work. I鈥檓 sure you鈥檝e cried at work. We鈥檝e all done it at some point, probably in the restroom. And we鈥檝e been taught that it鈥檚 a sign of weakness, of not being able to handle the stress of a day job. But when we see these successful people that are idols to many, when we see them barreled over sobbing, it doesn鈥檛 make us think they鈥檙e weak. It makes us think that they鈥檙e strong and humble because they鈥檙e able to appreciate their success and appreciate beautiful moments that they get to witness.

Just this past week, we wrote about a study showing that if you say how you鈥檙e really feeling (rather than just automatically saying, 鈥淚鈥檓 fine.鈥), you鈥檒l actually become a happier person. Most of the time, it鈥檚 so much worse to bottle everything up and it completely decreases productivity. Now we鈥檙e not suggesting that you become a basket case at your desk, but it鈥檚 important to remember that we鈥檙e all humans with emotions. And hey, if Simon Cowell can blubber like a baby without ruining his reputation (I actually think this helped his reputation), then so can you.

This post was originally published on Levo League by Erica Murphy.

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