Study Shows Romantic Thoughts Create Good Stress

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If you need a little boost to your day, researchers at Western University say all you need to do is think about your partner.

Researchers in the Psychology department at Western say they’ve proven that just thinking about your romantic partner puts “good stress” on your system. It’s called eustress, short for euphoric stress. They studied 183 people and tracked their physical reactions to thoughts. When participants were asked to think about their significant other, there was a noticeable drop in blood glucose (sugar) levels and a short term rise in a positive mood. When asked to think about a friend or their morning routine, there was no positive effect on mood and blood glucose dropped.

Lead researcher Sarah Stanton says it’s the first study of its kind to conclusively link eustress to thoughts about one’s partner.