#292 Fall in love

Did Beatles say it best? Maybe LOVE is all we need!

I always think it's funny when hugely expensive scientific studies prove things that we already know, but here goes: A new study done at Stanford University School of Medicine shows that passionate feelings of love can provide amazingly strong pain relief!!!

“It turns out that the areas of the brain activated by intense love are the same areas that drugs use to reduce pain,” said Arthur Aron, PhD, a professor of psychology at State University of New York and one of the study’s authors.

The hypothesis behind the study was that love affects the brain in the same way many addictive drugs do, by targeting the “feel good” chemical in the brain known as dopamine. This reward system has also been shown to be critical in pain management.

Sounds too good to be true... More love = Less pain.

So, even if it might not be the first thing on your mind when your back pain is throbbing - why not join a dating service or plan a romantic evening with your sweetheart?

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