Visualizing your partner's face can lower stress levels

Need to reduce your stress? Try thinking of the face of your better half.

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  • A new study shows just thinking about your partner's face can lower stress.
  • Those who pictured their significant other during a stress test had lower blood pressure increases than those who didn't.
  • The results add to the pile of research that shows how great being in a relationship is for your health.
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Sex & Relationships

Most People Have Mixed Feelings About Breaking Up Just Before They Do It

A new study shows that most people are surprisingly ambivalent about their decision to break up with their partner — even right before they do it.

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The old question Should I stay or should I go now is apparently a more common conundrum than you might expect.

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Personal Growth

Study: Are Platonic Heterosexual Relationships Really That Platonic?

A recent study reflects that men view their female friends differently than women view their male friends – but by a pretty insignificant margin. 

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recent study in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science reveals that heterosexual men and women may view opposite-sex friends differently from one another. In particular, men in the study were more likely than women to report being attracted to their opposite-sex friends – but not by much.

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Surprising Science

What the Length of Your Fingers Say About Your Personality

Your ring-to-index finger ratio can tell a lot about what you’re good at and even what mental disorders you are prone to. 

 

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The eyes may be the window to the soul, but the hands can tell you a lot about a person too. Whether they are calloused for instance, or cotton soft. The fingers in particular can give you further insights. A collaborative study conducted by Oxford and Northumbria researchers in the UK, found that differences in the lengths of certain fingers indicated whether a person tended to be more promiscuous or monogamous by nature. The secret lies with the ring finger in comparison to the index.

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Surprising Science

Binge-watching TV together is good for your relationship, say studies

Surprisingly, this study was not funded by HBO, Netflix, Hulu or the Illuminati. 

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Characters in TV shows, films and books can feel so real. We cry for them when times are bad, we laugh when they make jokes – then look over our shoulders to check no one saw us. Or, if you're watching with your partner, you'll grasp their arm, look at one another with slack jaws, and excitedly discuss as the credits roll.

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