Los Angeles Times
Girl talk apparently is good for health, according to a new study. When women feel emotionally close to a girlfriend, levels of the hormone progesterone increase, helping to boost mood and alleviate stress.
The study supports a concept in evolution that is gaining momentum – that the hormonal basis of social bonds enables people to suppress self-interest when necessary to promote the well-being of another person. The research also helps explain why social contact appears to lead to improved health.
“Most of the hormones involved in bonding and helping behavior lead to reductions in stress and anxiety in both humans and other animals,” the lead author of the paper, Stephanie Brown, said in a news release. “Now we see that higher levels of progesterone may be part of the underlying physiological basis for these effects.”
The study is published in the June issue of the journal Hormones and Behavior.
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