Friday 29 April 2016
Having More Friends May Mean Feeling Less Pain
Does friendship help you feel no pain?
Having more friends really may make you feel better, or at least feel less pain, a new study from England suggests.
People in the study who had larger social networks appeared to have a higher tolerance for pain, according to the findings, which were published April 28 in the journal Scientific Reports.
In the study, the researchers wanted to see if people with larger social networks had higher levels of chemicals in the brain called endorphins. Endorphins are linked to feelings of pleasure, as well as reduced feelings of pain. (Endorphins are, in fact, a more powerful pain reliever than morphine, according to the study.)
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