1. Keep a handkerchief on your person. A clean one, since it's not for you. It's for the crying woman.Share
2. When you encounter the crying woman (and she needs to be sobbing as if she's been hurt — never approach a woman who is merely weeping or teary), approach her as if you're advancing on a wounded animal that might still be able to bite — slowly, thoughtfully. Pull out the handkerchief.
3. Say: "I'm sorry to disturb you, but is there anything I can do to help?"
4. Whether she responds or not, offer the still-folded handkerchief. Point out that it's clean. This should make her laugh. (Read more.)