Imagine the hurt was meant for someone else

Lopez-Sola wanted to test what would happen if she gave a group of women the choice to take on discomfort in place of their significant others. The result: The ones who volunteered for the unpleasantness to protect their loved ones not only perceived less ache but had more positive thoughts and feelings too. “This kind of altruism prompts the brain to essentially rewire itself, so you feel less pain when you think you’re saving someone from experiencing it,” she says.

Published by Zakieh Amer

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