Couples who hug, kiss and otherwise find ways to get close everyday may have fewer stress hormones coursing through their bodies, a new study suggests.
The findings, reported in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, point to one potential reason that close relationships -- and marriage, in particular -- have been linked to better health.
Researchers found that among 51 German couples they followed for one week, those who reported more physical contact during a given day -- whether it was sexual intercourse or just holding hands -- generally had lower levels of the "stress" hormone cortisol.
This was especially true of couples who reported more problems at work, suggesting that some physical affection between mates may be a buffer against work stress. Read more
Monday, November 17, 2008
Intimacy Fights Stress
Researchers have found that the more physical affection couples engage in, the lower their level of the "stress" hormone cortisol.