That rush of good feelings you have in the first few months of being in love don’t just put you in a better mood; love may actually be a painkiller, researchers suggest in a new study in the journal PLoS ONE.
“Finding pleasure in activities, and with the one you’re with, can have multiple benefits, including reducing your pain,” said senior author Dr. Sean Mackey, chief of the Division of Pain Management at Stanford University School of Medicine.
The study looked at 15 undergraduates – both men and women – between ages 19 and 21, all of whom were in the “early phases of passionate love,” having been in a relationship anywhere from a few months to a year. This is a small sample size, but not unusual for a study involving functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Read more..