There's no need for morphine to the numb pain when all that's required is a healthy dose of love to deliver the instant relief you need.
Science has revealed that the presence of a loved one actually diminishes pain, based on a study published June 28 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
A group of 17 woman at UCLA volunteered to have their brains scanned as they received brief, stinging shocks while looking at photographs of long-term romantic partners, strangers or objects. Each of the women were then asked to rate their pain’s intensity.
The romantic images produced a tiny, on-demand burst of pleasure opposed to the images of strangers or objects. The test proved that woman experienced decreases in pain when linked to feelings of safety and protection. The increased brain activity is also being linked to longer relationship lengths and greater perceived partner support due to the heightened feelings of safety.
Psychologist Naomi Eisenberger, who conducted the tests said there's no reason to think that reactions for men would be any different, although men were not included in her testing.
“People might speculate that women would be more sensitive, but these processes are just as critical to men,” Eisenberger said.
It appears the idea that "all you need is love" may be more accurate than we ever imagined.