New Research Confirms: Thinking About Your Partner Helps to Overcome Stress and Improves Mood
A romantic relationship is not only about love and happiness. It even helps to reduce pain and overcome stress.
Recently, a team of psychologists from the University of Arizona in Tucson has published results of their research “The impact of physical proximity and attachment working models on cardiovascular reactivity”.
In the experiment, 102 persons participated. They were asked to immerse one foot into cold water. The researchers measured blood pressure, heart rate of participants before, during and after the experiment.
All participants were randomly divided into three groups during the assignment. In the first – a beloved person sat with a volunteer in the room during the experiment; in the second – the participants were thinking about their partner; in the third – people were asked to think about their past day.
The results showed, that the group of people, whose partners were present, had lower blood pressure reactivity during the cold pressor task. People, who thought about their lovers during the experiment, had the same reaction.
So, even the mental representation of a romantic partner can help you to overcome stress and calm down quickly.
Early one more research was published in “Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience” journal. The scientists have arrived at the decision, that mental or physical closeness to partner helps a woman to reduce painful feelings. In this experiment, 39 young healthy women participated.
The reason for all these effects is the production of oxytocin, the so-called hormone of happiness. It has a positive effect on the mental and physical health of a person, normalizes blood pressure and reduces painful feelings.
But the experts are certain, that healthy relationship and mutual love have even more positive effects on our health.
Those people, who are in a relationship, are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases. Also, scientists have noted another positive point, when people are in a relationship or married, it stimulates them to give up bad habits.
We all know that happy person becomes more beautiful. When we see our lover, hormone adrenaline is released into the body. It increases blood flow to the skin; this improves skin color and smoothes fine wrinkles. As a result, the skin becomes soft and silky.
A relationship has also a positive impact on our mental and psychological health.
By using MRI, scientists have noted changes in the brain, when a person has love affairs. For example, the activity of the frontal lobes of the brain is significantly reduced. They are responsible, among other things, for condemnation and criticism.
Love helps a person to develop creative thinking, promotes the assimilation of a large amount of new information, as well as enhances analytical skills. That’s because love activates areas of the brain that are responsible for attention, motivation, and memory.
The relationship between lovers is very similar to the relationship that occurs between mother and child. As a result, the so-called “inner child” becomes more active inside our brain, so that we begin to experience sensations familiar only in childhood – an inexplicable peace, a feeling of complete security.
But remember, that all these positive effects are only when you are in healthy relationships with the right person.
And if you are not sure whether your relationships are right – here are the main characters of toxic affiliation.
And what are the positive effects of a relationship for you? Have you noticed some positive changes?