We all know that friendship is the surest way to overcome any evil, but did you know it can also affect the way you experience pain? There have been a lot of studies done on this topic, with fascinating results. Now, I’m not saying any of you doubt that friendship is magic, but in case any non-believers happen upon this post, here are three studies that show the effects of social companions on the experience of pain.

In 2017, researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder conducted a study with 22 heterosexual couples. Each couple had been together for at least one year, and fell between the ages of 23 and 32. During the experiment, both partners had their brain waves monitored using an electroencephalograph, or EEG. You know, similar to how they monitored Eleven in “Stranger Things.”

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