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What you might not know is these relationships are making you more resilient to stress, according to research from University of California, Berkeley. In the new study, researchers kept male rats in the same cage before putting them in situations intended to stress them out. First, they were restrained for three hours, which increased social support amongst the cagemates and made them more willing to share their limited water source, act less aggressive i.
Past human studies show social interactions increase the level of oxytocin in the brain, a hormone that helps people bond and socialize, the researchers say. But it also helps strengthen their resilience in the face of stress, leading to longer, healthier lives.
But there does seem to be a limit in terms of just how much stress a bromance can alleviate. The rats were more antisocial, opting to sit alone in a corner, and aggressive.
The researchers relate the experience to people who suffer from PTSD, depression, or severe anxiety. But even rats can have a good cuddle—essentially a male-male bromance—to help recover from a bad day. This research also supports attempts to treat PTSD with oxytocin nasal sprays to encourage social interactions that could lead to recovery. In the interim, feel free to chest bump and high five your buddies.
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