How Love Conquers Stress, According To Science

It’s said that love conquers all and there’s some science to suggest that love does make us stronger. Feelings of love can improve a remarkable variety of health factors, from reducing the brain’s response to pain to lowering blood pressure. Loving touch can boost immune system function, and individuals who report having love-filled relationships tend to live longer than those who don’t. And according to a new study, love may also help us conquer stress.

University of Exeter researchers found that when subjects were shown pictures of others being cared for and loved, it reduced their threat response in the brain.

For the study, published this week in the journal Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 42 healthy adults were briefly shown images of other people in poses that demonstrated affection and emotional support. Afterward, they were briefly shown images of people making “threatening” (angry or fearful) faces. The whole time, the subjects were hooked up to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machines so that the researchers could study their brain responses. A control group looked at just the threatening faces.

The researchers found that after viewing the images of love, the —> Read More Here


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