How Holding Hands With a Loved One Literally Eases the Pain at the Doctor’s Office

Patrick Foto/Getty Images

To make a painful experience—things like an IV insertion to a broken arm—not so bad, hold on to your partner’s hand.

Research from the University of Colorado at Boulder that used electroencephalography [EEG] to measure brain wave activity found that physical contact with a loved one helps diminish the hurt, likely because it causes brain waves to sync up, allowing the person in discomfort to tap into the other person’s calmer state, a phenomenon that’s known as interpersonal synchronization.

man weight lifting

If You Want to Get Stronger, You Should Lift Less

Read article

“You may express empathy for a partner’s pain, but without touch it may not be fully communicated,” according to cognitive neuroscientist Pavel Goldstein.

Man meditating outdoors

5 Ways to Deal With Anxiety and Stress

Read article

For access to exclusive gear videos, celebrity interviews, and more, subscribe on YouTube!