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December 21, 2006

Your Sappy News For Today

And ignore the headline… I don’t know where they came up with that!

Husbands beat stress out of wives

The best remedy to beat stress out is to simple hand-holding, claims health magazine WebMD.

According to a new study in the US, holding hands with your spouse can help you reduce stress. Psychology experts from the University of Virginia conducted the study of 16 happily married couples who were in their early 30s. The couples were told that the study was about holding hands—and that mild electric shocks would be involved.

The wives wore electrodes on their ankles and watched screens that warned them when a shock was coming or assured them that they weren’t due for a shock.

Meanwhile, the researchers scanned the wives’ brains with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

As predicted, when the wives knew they were due for a shock, their brain scans showed activity in brain areas that handle threats.

But when the wives held their husbands’ hands during the same threat, their brain scans looked calmer than when they weren’t holding hands.

The study went on to show that the greatest stress reduction was found in the strongest marriages. Something to remember.

I know my wife is a stress case, and I never really know how to help. I’m an engineer, so I want to “solve” the problem. Perhaps this would be better…

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