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  • The power of touch: Holding your spouse’s hand reduces their brain’s response to a threat or stress and people in the best marriages show the greatest amount of relief when touched. Massage helps people with eating disorders. In one study, anorexic women who were assigned to massage therapy two days a week, for five weeks, experienced both immediate benefits: such as less anxiety, depression and fewer stress hormones; and long-term benefits like a better over-all body image. stops: list .Sight and sound. Being blindfolded for 90 minutes can enhance your hearing. That’s because short-term light deprivation can jump start the lazy auditory circuits in the brain’s visual cortex. Taste. The more anxious or depressed you are, the higher your threshold for both bitter and sweet taste. Both of those moods trigger the release of neurotransmitters which affect your taste buds. So if you never liked the bitter taste of Brussels sprouts, you might like them more when you’re depressed or anxious.
  • Smell. The fragrance of roses, or another strong scent, can help solidify memories in your brain while you sleep. That's because scent and memory are closely connected in the brain. In a recent study, German scientists had volunteers play a computer memory game which involves turning over pairs of cards to find a match. Half of the subjects played in a room infused with rose fragrance. Others played in unscented air. Later that night, while the volunteers were in a deep stage of sleep, researchers pumped in another whiff of roses. The next day, the rose-scented game players remembered 13% more card locations than those who didn’t get a whiff of fragrance.
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