Loved Ones

PS Magazine - - POP CULTURE, NEWS, AND EVENTS FROM PAST DECADES -

Sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered that you can re­lieve pain sim­ply by look­ing at a photograph of a loved one. Sep­a­rate stud­ies at Stan­ford Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia found that the feel­ing of emo­tional at­tach­ment dulls ac­tiv­ity in the pain-pro­cess­ing ar­eas of the brain. Even more ef­fec­tive at low­er­ing pain than by con­cen­trat­ing on a photo is be­ing in an in­tense ro­man­tic love af­fair. If the tim­ing is not right for you, then be­ing en­gaged in thoughts or ac­tiv­i­ties will dis­tract at­ten­tion from pain.

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