April 17, 2015

EASING THE PAIN:  Science is increasingly revealing that commonly used pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) can effect not only one’s perception of physical pain, but emotional pain as well.  A recent study shows that acetaminophen blunts positive emotions and emotional response generally.  Similar research has shown that ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) reduces emotional stress among women but amplifies the emotional response of men.  So if you are feeling blue, some suggest trying a Tylenol or Advil before resorting to prescription anti-depressants or anti-anxiety drugs.

RELATED:  Staring into Fido’s eyes releases the feel-good brain chemical oxytocin, which creates feelings of love.  I knew that from staring into my dog, Thomas Jefferson’s, big brown eyes.  Somehow I don’t get the same emotions when I stare into my cat’s eyes, though she rarely stares back.  The sound of purring seems to make me happy, though.

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