Involving your partner or other loved ones directly in your get-well plan has an impact on everything from how fast you’ll recover to how much pain you’ll feel, says Koban. In fact, “when we show someone that their peer thought a remedy worked, we increase the chances of that person believing it’ll work on her too,” Ceko says. (Essentially, word of mouth with a middleman!”) Now, get by with a little help from your friends.

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